A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 by Robert Kerr

Author: Robert Kerr
Published: 1824
Language: English
Wordcount: 213,420 / 611 pg
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us; for several breakers appeared on the coast, both to the east and west of it; and the hazy weather rendered every object indistinct. The summits of some of the hills were rocky, but the sides and vallies seemed covered with a green turf, and wooded in tufts.[1]

[Footnote 1: True Cape Horn, distinguishable at a distance by a round hill of considerable height, is the south point of Hermite’s Isles, a cluster which separates the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. False Cape Horn lies nine miles to the north-east and is the west point of Nassau Bay, where James Hermite cast anchor. Vide vol. x. page 197.–E.]

From Cape Horn we steered E. by N. 1/2 N., which direction carried us without the rocks that lie off Mistaken Cape. These rocks are white with the dung of fowls, and vast numbers were seen about them. After passing them we steered N.E. 1/2 E. and N.E., for Strait Le Maire, with a view of looking into Success Bay, to see if there were any traces of the Adventure having been there. At eight o’clock in the

A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 11 by Robert Kerr

Author: Robert Kerr
Published: 1824
Language: English
Wordcount: 228,774 / 653 pg
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the men, with which some of them almost cover their faces. Some of both sexes have good countenances; but all are much darker-complexioned than any of the other Indians I saw in the South Seas, being a very deep copper-colour. The men go quite naked, wearing only a few trifles by way of ornament, such as a band or wreath of red and white silk-grass round their heads, adorned on each side with a tuft of hawk’s feathers. Others have pieces of mother-of-pearl and small shells fastened among their hair, and tied round their necks; and some had large necklaces of six or seven strings, composed of small red and black berries. Some are scarified all over their bodies; others use paint, some smearing their faces and breasts with black, while others were painted black down to the navel, and from thence to the feet with red.

The women wear a thick fringe or petticoat of silk-grass, reaching from their middle to their heels, and have a deer-skin carelessly thrown over their shoulders. Some of the better sort have a c

A Gunner Aboard the ‘Yankee’ by Russell Doubleday

The Yarn of the Cruise and Fights of the Naval Reserves in the Spanish-American War, Edited by H. H. Lewis, Late a S.N. With Introduction by W. T. Sampson, Rear Admiral U.S. Navy.

Author: Russell Doubleday
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,081 / 192 pg
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for our stay aboard the old frigate. The officer of the deck was lenient, however, and the majority of the crew secured permission to sleep at home that night.

The following Monday, on reporting on board the “New Hampshire,” we learned that the entire detail selected to man the “Yankee” would proceed to that ship shortly after eight bells. Word was passed that our enlistment papers–for we were to regularly enter Uncle Sam’s naval service–would be made out, and that our freedom and liberty, as some of the boys put it, would cease from that hour. The latter statement made little impression. We had entered the Naval Reserves for business, if business was required, and we expected hardships as well as fun.

A navy-yard tug, sent by the Commandant, steamed alongside at two o’clock, and the company was marched on board without delay. The boys were eager to enter on this, their first real detail, and, in the rush to gain the deck of the tug, young Potter slipped from the rail and fell with a mighty splash in

The Gulf and Inland Waters by Alfred Thayer Mahan

Author: Alfred Thayer Mahan
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 84,251 / 257 pg
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showed her the larger vessels in retreat.

During the night of November 7th the U.S. frigate Santee, blockading off Galveston, sent into the harbor two boats, under the command of Lieutenant James E. Jouett, with the object of destroying the man-of-war steamer General Rusk. The armed schooner Royal Yacht guarding the channel was passed unseen, but the boats shortly after took the ground and were discovered. Thinking it imprudent to attack the steamer without the advantage of a surprise, Lieutenant Jouett turned upon the schooner, which was carried after a sharp conflict. The loss of the assailants was two killed and seven wounded. The schooner was burnt.

On November 22d and 23d Flag-Officer McKean, with the Niagara and Richmond, made an attack upon Fort McRea on the western side of the entrance to Pensacola Bay; Fort Pickens, on the east side, which remained in the power of the United States, directing its guns upon the fort and the Navy Yard, the latter being out of reach of the ships. The fire

A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 1 by Robert Kerr

Author: Robert Kerr
Published: 1824
Language: English
Wordcount: 219,816 / 630 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.3
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cution may appear not inadequate to the high importance of the subject. Without imputation of arrogance, he may be permitted to assert, that he has exerted the most unremitting attention and industry, in the collection, selection, and preparation of the several portions of the whole work, and in the arrangement and distribution of its parts. He has the satisfaction to add, that all his efforts have been seconded with the utmost readiness and liberality by the Proprietor of the work, who has spared no trouble, and withheld no expense, in procuring and supplying the necessary materials.

It is with much grateful satisfaction, that the Editor has to acknowledge his high obligations to the Curators and Librarians of the Edinburgh public libraries, belonging to the Faculty of Advocates, the University, and the Writers to his Majesty’s Signet, for the communication of many valuable and scarce materials. Nor ought he to withhold his tribute of gratitude, on this occasion, from the liberal spirit of a priv

Voyage of the Liberdade by Captain Joshua Slocum

Author: Captain Joshua Slocum
Published: 1890
Language: English
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e two to look upon from the sea, having a loftier situation, and, like Buenos Aires, boasts of many fine mansions, comely women, liberal schools, and a cemetery of great splendour.

It is at Montevideo that the “beggar a-horse-back” becomes a verity (horses are cheap); galloping up to you the whining beggar will implore you, saying: “For the love of Christ, friend, give me a coin to buy bread with.”

From “the Mont” we went to Antonina, in Brazil, for a cargo of maté, a sort of tea, which, prepared as a drink, is wholesome and refreshing. It is partaken of by the natives in a highly sociable manner, through a tube which is thrust into the steaming beverage in a silver urn or a calabash, whichever may happen to be at hand when “drouthy neebors neebors meet”; then all sip and sip in bliss from the same tube, which is passed from mouth to mouth. No matter how many mouths there may be, the bombelia, as it is called, must reach them all. It may have to be replenished to make the drink g

Great Sea Stories by Various Authors

Edited by Joseph Lewis French.
Spanish Bloodhounds and English Mastiffs by Charles Kingsley
The Club-Hauling of the Diomede by Captain Frederick Marryat
The Cruise of the Torch by Michael Scott
The Merchantman and the Pirate by Charles Reade
The Mutiny of the Bounty by Anonymous
The Wreck of the Royal Caroline by James Fennimore Cooper
The Capture of the Great White Whale by Herman Melville
The Corvette Claymore by Victor Hugo
The Merchants’ Cup by David W. Bone
A Storm and a Rescue by W. Clark Russell
The Sailor’s Wife by Pierre Loti
The Salving of the Yan-Shan by H. De Vere Stackpoole
The Derelict Neptune by Morgan Robertson
The Terrible Solomonsby Jack London
El Dorado by John Masefield

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 104,599 / 260 pg
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if they try to run us down, rake them we must, and God forgive us.”

The two galleys came on abreast of each other, some forty yards apart. To out-maneuver their oars as he had done the ship’s sails, Amyas knew was impossible. To run from them was to be caught between them and the ship.

He made up his mind, as usual, to the desperate game.

“Lay her head up in the wind, helmsman, and we will wait for them.”

They were now within musket-shot, and opened fire from their bow-guns; but, owing to the chopping sea, their aim was wild. Amyas, as usual, withheld his fire.

The men stood at quarters with compressed lips, not knowing what was to come next. Amyas, towering motionless on the quarter-deck, gave his orders calmly and decisively. The men saw that he trusted himself, and trusted him accordingly.

The Spaniards, seeing him wait for them, gave a shout of joy–was the Englishman mad? And the two galleys converged rapidly, intending to strike him full, one on each bow.

A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels by Robert Kerr

Author: Robert Kerr
Published: 1824
Language: English
Wordcount: 221,550 / 622 pg
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. He was naturally eloquent, both in illustrating and proving the reasonableness of his own opinions, and in converting others from their erroneous preconceived notions. Above all, he possessed that steady and persevering resolution, which not only enabled him to vanquish the greatest difficulties, but gave such appearance of success to every thing be promised or undertook, as secured the confidence of all who were under his command. As these extraordinary qualities would have distinguished him in any station of life, so they were remarkably useful in the present enterprise, by which he gained immortal reputation, although he lost his life before its completion.

[Footnote 1: Harris’ Collection, I. 6. The utmost pains have been taken to narrate this expedition in the clearest manner, by comparing all the different relations of the Spanish and Portuguese writers. We regret much, however, the loss of a large history of this voyage, by P. Martyr, which was burnt in the sack of Rome, when taken by the Constable