Whaling and Fishing

Whaling and Fishing

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...they began to die off, and how the survivors, brought to the last extremity of suffering, were obliged to subsist upon their deceased friends; how anxiously they peered across the wild waste of water which surrounded and threatened to engulf them, and how each sun rose upon a fresh accumulation of the dead and dying--all this was told by the one lone surviTor of six hundred who had landed upon the bank. A St. Mary's coaster passing by the shoal, saw upon it some signs of a wreck, and approaching nearer, was able to discover the forms of men lying about upon the sand. Effecting a landing at the risk of their lives, they found but one poor Madagassy left alive, and took him with them. It was found afterwards, that the wretches of the raft, fearful that mention of their companions in misfortune would get them into a French prison, told a story of having been in a leaky vessel, and abandoned her at sea, and stated that they were the last remnant of the sufferers." As the captain told me this story, the long, low shoal was just astern of us, the surf was still booming in our ears, and a shudder of horror ran through me at such wanton barbarity and heartless selfishness. A CHAPTER X. Something further concerning the Habits of Whales--The Humpback--Their liability to Sink when Dead--Antongil Bay--Our Anchorage--The Denizens of the Jungle--Our first Whaling Day--A Word concerning the Weather--Actions of Whales--Close of the first Day--The Night--Another Deluge--We get fast--The Whale spouts Blood--Tenacity of Life--Towing a Dead Whale--Cutting-in--Trying-out--A "Cow and a Calf"--Strong Affection of the Mother-Whale--How Whale-men take advantage of this--The Calf Is killed--The Sharks eat up our Whale--Scaring a Humpback--Its...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236763661
  • 9781236763662