A Visit to India, China and Japan, Newly Revised and Ed. by G.F. Pardon

A Visit to India, China and Japan, Newly Revised and Ed. by G.F. Pardon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...the stern, brought to bear on her, and a few shots fired across her bows, in order to bring her back, but she continued to make away, although the balls ploughed up the sea just beyond her. It happened that the pilot was not on board, as was supposed, but had remained with us, though in great fear for his life. Mr. Bennett, Master of the Susquehanna, was then sent off for the pilots, in one of the ship's cutters. At ebb-tide we had but eight feet of water under our bows, and seventeen under the stern. At midnight on Saturday night it began to blow very violently from the north, so that, about five o'clock, when the tide had risen a few feet, the vessel seemed to be slowly working herself loose. The foresail was bent on, and she immediately gave evidence of feeling it. A few backward strokes of the wheels urged her clear of the shoal, and she hung buoyantly in deep water. But in the distance of a few ship's lengths, the water suddenly shoaled again, and she was brought to anchor in five fathoms, with some little difficulty. The utter inefficiencey of the pilots was again displayed by their declaring that the channel was on the right of the shoal, when our own soundings the day previous had shown that it was the left side. About eight o'clock, Mr. Bennett made his appearance in the cutter. He and his crew were benumbed with cold, having passed the whole night on the river. After running about twenty miles, he stood in toward Harvey's Point, at the northern extremity of Tsung-Ming, where the fleet was to have waited; but on enquiring of some fishermen, learned that it had gone farther up the river. About ten miles farther, he found the junks at anchor in a creek, on the southern bank. By the time they were collected together, it was ten o'clock at...show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236654099
  • 9781236654090