A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe on Rivers and Lakes of Europe (Google eBook)

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Roberts Brothers, 1867 - Canoes and canoeing - 318 pages
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Review: A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe: On the Rivers and Lakes of Europe

User Review  - Dominik - Goodreads

A great read. What made it even more fascinating, was the areas he passed through then, which I know. To hear the differences that have existed. One thing that I find interesting is that people had time for each other and anything that was unusual... Read full review

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User Review  - Jekyvsk - Goodreads

Pleasant and amusing travel narrative of a season spent canoeing through the byways of Europe, the various townspeople that the author met on the way, and their perception of him and his canoe. Read full review

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Page 106 - AVENGE, O Lord, Thy slaughtered saints, whose bones Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold ; Even them who kept Thy truth so pure of old, When all our fathers worshipped stocks and stones...
Page 310 - ' written with pencil, but scarcely legible," read : " The ship Kent is on fire, Elizabeth, Joanna, and myself, commit our spirits into the hands of our blessed Redeemer ; his grace enables us to be quite composed in the awful prospect of entering into eternity.
Page 5 - ... keel. A paddle seven feet long, with a blade at each end, and a lug sail and jib, were the means of propulsion ; and a pretty blue silk Union Jack was the only ornament.
Page 219 - Kent East Indiaman, by fire, in the Bay of Biscay, on the 1st of March, 1325, by a Passenger," supposed to be Major Macgregor.
Page 249 - all I could to recollect; but no ! I had not seen the boys, and so the women went away distracted, and left me sorrowful. But suddenly, when toiling in the middle of a very difficult piece of rock-work, lowering the boat [and therefore no longer trying to remember], I remembered having seen those boys, so I ran over the fields after the anxious mamma, and soon assured her that the children had been safe an hour ago.
Page 2 - ... For now, as he sits in his little bark, he looks forward, and not backward. He sees all his course, and the scenery besides. With one powerful sweep of his paddle he can instantly turn the canoe, when only a foot distant from fatal destruction. He can steer within an inch in a narrow place, or...
Page 2 - The very things which bother the pair oar become cheery excitements to the voyager in the canoe. For now as he sits in his little bark, he looks forward and not backward. He sees all his course and the scenery besides.
Page 3 - Again, the canoe is safer than a rowing-boat, because you sit so low in it, and never require to shift your place or lose hold of the paddle ; while for comfort during long hours, for days and weeks of hard work, it is evidently the best, because you lean all the time against a swinging backboard, and the moment you rest the paddle on your lap you are as much at ease as in an arm-chair ; so that, while drifting along with the current or the wind, you can gaze around, and eat or read or chat with...
Page iii - The rivers Thames, Sambre, Meuse, Rhine, Main, Danube, Reuss, Aar, 111, Moselle, Meurthe, Marne, and Seine ; the lakes Titisee, Constance, Unter See, Zurich, Zug, and Lucerne ; together with six canals in Belgium and France, and two expeditions in the open sea of the British Channel.
Page 66 - Liege are hardly surpassed in beauty by any river scenery in N. Europe : rock, wood, and water have done their utmost, yet the scenery is not properly mountainous. The Meuse has been compared to the Wye ; but is even more romantic than the English river.

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