Salt Water Bubbles; Or, Life on the Wave

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 230 pages
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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. 1854. Excerpt: ... A TALE OF THE WINTER'S COAST. Hoarse through the cordage growled the threatening wind, Portentous of the storm. The expanse of heaven Upheld by murky columns, seemed convulsed With one wide waste of elemental war. From every point along the bounding surge Rolled the black phalanx of electric fluid, Borne on the pinions of the maddening blast! Old Play. Few persons are aware of the hardships and perils that are sometimes encountered by our gallant mariners, when bouml to a port in Massachusetts Bay in the winter season. The rock-bound coast, the thick weather and the storms which prevail, the freezing temperature, and the difficulty of the navigation, owing to the numerous headlands and sunken dangers, all unite to make the experienced sailor dread the idea of coming on the " winter's coast" of New England. Any person who is familiar with maritime adventures will easily recall to his recollection many instances of melancholy disaster, of fearful and prolonged suffering, of fatal shipwrecks, experienced by our mariners, when bound to a northern port during the season of frost and snow-storms. It is in the midst of such scenes as these that a genuine sailor often manifests a firmness, an intrepidity, a presence of mind, and an ingenuity in devising expedients, which, if they could be appreciated by landsmen, would elicit unqualified admiration. But those who are quietly reposing in the lap of luxury ou shore, who glide smoothly and gently down the stream of life, are too apt to consider the task of sailing and navigating a ship, even in a stormy sea, or on a dangerous coast, as an operation, hazardous, it may be, but altogether mechanical; that a knowledge of the rules of seamanship and navigation, and some little experience, are all the requisites for a goo...

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