The Story of the New England Whalers

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Macmillan, 1908 - Whalers (Persons) - 418 pages
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Page 69 - No sea but what is vexed by their fisheries. No climate that is not witness to their toils. Neither the perseverance of Holland, nor the activity of France, nor the dexterous and firm sagacity of English enterprise, ever carried this most perilous mode of hard industry to the extent to which it has been pushed by this recent people ; a people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
Page 249 - Sweet fields, beyond the swelling flood, Stand dressed in living green : So to the Jews old Canaan stood, While Jordan rolled between.
Page 123 - I'll let your father know," To boys in mischief on the lawn. They all replied, " Then you must go Round Cape Horn." In fact I asked a little boy If he could tell where he was born. He answered with a mark of joy,
Page 99 - She was not allowed regular entry until some consultation had taken place between the commissioners of the customs and the lords of council, on account of the many acts of parliament yet in force against the rebels in America.
Page 421 - Forty-seven stories illustrating the heroism of those brave Americans who fought on the losing side in the Civil War. Humor and pathos are found side by side in these pages which bear evidence of absolute truth.
Page 379 - ... like a turban. The rocky islets that rise like so many shafts out of the sea, devoid of all vegetation, and at different distances from the shore, looked weird and unearthly, like sheeted ghosts. The boats moving swiftly and mysteriously toward the shore, might have been mistaken, when they had gotten a little distance from us, for Venetian gondolas, with their peaked bows and sterns...
Page 304 - The surf flew in all directions about him, and his course towards us was marked by a white foam of a rod in width, which he made with the continual violent thrashing of his tail; his head was about half out of water, and in that way he came upon, and again struck the ship.
Page 121 - He replied that he would shoot any man who dared to touch a rope without his orders ; he ' would go his own course, and had no idea of trusting himself with ad — d nutshell ; ' and then he went below for his pistols. I called my right-hand man of the crew, and told him my situation ; I also informed him that I wanted the main topsail filled. He answered with a clear ' Ay, ay, sir ! ' in a manner which was not to be misunderstood, and my confidence was perfectly restored.
Page 377 - Seeing that the sea was smooth, and that there was really no risk to be run, for a Yankee whale-boat might be made, with a little management, to ride out an ordinary gale of wind, I consented, and the delighted master returned to his ship, to make the necessary preparations. I gave him the usual permission to take what provisions he needed, the whaling gear belonging to his boats, and the personal effects of himself and men. He worked like a beaver, -for not more than a couple of hours had elapsed,...

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