Vasco Da Gama; His Voyages and Adventures

Vasco Da Gama; His Voyages and Adventures

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...masters and pilots, Vasco told them of the delay, and gave orders as to how the time should be employed. The ships were in some need of repair, and it was necessary to get in provisions for a voyage which, should the weather prove unfavourable, might be long and tedious. Once more the ships were heeled over, and the sides thoroughly calked. The decks and upper parts were made water-tight with pitch; and ropes were twisted of a thread made by the natives from the outer husks of cocoa-nuts, which proved to be excellent for the purpose, as they could be stretched like india-rubber, and were yet stronger in salt water than the cables brought by the Portuguese. Vasco's wisdom in making his sailors learn to be artisans before they left Lisbon was now amply confirmed. Some of them set to work making hawsers and rigging; others proved to be skilful calkers; yet others employed themselves on such carpentry-work as the ships needed, inside and out. Much of the work of making ropes and rigging was done on shore, and this brought a crowd of curious Moors around the sailors every day. At the same time, the work of provisioning the ships went actively on. They were supplied with an abundance of fresh water, which was obtained without difliculty from the streams near Melinda. Meat, vegetables, meal, and fruit were brought on board, and stowed away for future use; and the ship-boy of the Sam Raphael, accompanied by a negro interpreter, went on shore every day to make purchases. In this provisioning of the ships the Portuguese were greatly befriended by the king, who ordered a crier to go through the city to proclaim that nothing should be sold to the strangers for more than it was worth; and that if any (247) 7 merchant overcharged them, the more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950208
  • 9781236950208