A Waterbiography

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Chapman & Hall, 1894 - Boats and boating - 276 pages
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Page 23 - But another and a bigger shark, swimming along with nothing to do and plenty of time to do it in...
Page 159 - ... ashore when taking a voyage, — souls, we are taught, being so easily provided for in every way ; while this would do away with that mortal dread of the sea so trying to some people. No one in a storm fidgets about his soul ; it is his bothering body he always wants either to save himself, or...
Page 230 - ... flood as one after another homeward-bound steamers and great clippers in tow of tugs come sweeping into Erith Rands round Crayfordness ; snugly sheltered under which, like a...
Page 57 - Turner gave me an early lesson in seamanship by rigging scraps of paper, torn from his sketch-book, upon three little sticks stuck in a bit of board to represent a full-rigged ship, which, to my great delight, he then launched upon the lake.
Page 45 - ... Alfred Russel Wallace sailed to Brazil, where he spent four years in the scientific exploration of the Amazonian region. His book fully justifies its frequent reimpressions as a record of travel, apart from its scientific value. The ship in which Wallace was returning home caught fire at sea. Her people took to the boats and were picked up by a passing vessel. Wallace's collections were all lost The event is admirably described by Wallace himself. Yet more interesting and better written than...
Page 230 - peter-boats " and shrimpers, all covered in for'ard with dark blanket tilts, with blue smoke curling from a black stove-pipe poked through them.

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