Anecdotes of a Life on the Ocean: Being a Portion of the Experiences of Twenty-seven Years' Service in Many Parts of the World

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John Lovell, 1871 - Seafaring life - 198 pages
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Page 191 - If a due east course is desired, the vessel must be steered 2J or 2} points south. Off the Cape of Good Hope, the variation of the compass in ships bound to India or Australia is 2} points easterly, and, in order to make a due east course, it is necessary to steer 2| to the north, or left of her course ; while towards the equator there is hardly any perceptible variation of the compass at all. The best means of finding out how much the compass varies in different parts of the world is by observations...
Page 190 - ... easily found by the needle pointing north and south. In certain parts of the world, however, the needle does not point to the north, but is drawn considerably to the right or left of true north. This is called the variation of the compass, and must be known accurately by the navigator in order to correct and steer the right course, For instance^ in...
Page 76 - ... with two hands snugly ensconced in the wheelhouse, she steered like a little boat. The gale now increased to a perfect hurricane, the furious squalls at times being perfectly deafening. The mate now advised me to heaveto, but calling his attention to her excellent steering and how well she behaved, I said I could not think of heaving her to with a fair wind blowing, although it was such a hurricane...
Page 59 - Eight long weeks had we now been buffeted about off this weary, desolate cape, and very little chance of a change. At length about the ninth week we managed to get fairly round, ie, to double Cape Horn, and keeping well off this much dreaded coast, were standing to the northward, under all sail, the warmth of the climate incre asing day by day, until fairly within the limits of the south-east trades.
Page 104 - Calling the native serang or boatswain, I ordered all hands to " up anchor." His pipe or whistle was soon heard shrill and loud over the decks, rousing up the sleepers with the long drawn call
Page 32 - Tents were at first pitched on the island, but some of the captains and mates who had made themselves obnoxious to the crews, were so cruelly ill-used by being pelted with stones and dead penguins from the tents that the commander of the...
Page 191 - The way of finding out how much the compass varies hi different parts of the world, is by observations of the sun taken with the compass, and the difference between the true and magnetic or compass bearing is the variation which must be applied as a correction to the course steered.
Page 102 - Fiery Cross, of about 1000 tons. Having a crew of sixty-four native Lascars, and two European mates, I naturally took every pride in keeping her in the best of order.
Page 25 - As we approach nearer and nearer we can make out the hulls of some three or four hundred ships of all sizes, from the small schooner of 100 tons to the large full rigged ship of 1000 and 1600 tons.
Page 192 - ... point, on dark winter nights approaching the land. These difficulties are now happily obviated by the discoveries of modern science, and their application in correcting the compass at sea.

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