Journal of a Cruise Made to the Pacific Ocean, Volume 1

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Wiley & Halsted, 1822 - 326 páginas
 

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Página 158 - ... continuing to rake us and we unable to bring a gun to bear, I therefore directed a hawser to be bent to the sheet anchor and the anchor to be cut from the bows to bring her head round. This succeeded, we again got our broadside to bear, and as the enemy was much crippled and unable to hold his own I have no doubt he would soon have drifted out of gun shot before he discovered we had anchored, had not the hawser unfortunately parted.
Página 158 - PAojfce, where we were again exposed to a dreadful raking fire. My ship was now totally unmanageable; yet as her head was toward the enemy, and he to leeward of me, I still hoped to be able to board him.
Página 158 - I should soon be a prisoner. He could be of no use to me in the then wretched state of the Essex; and finding (from the enemy's putting his helm up) that my...
Página 165 - To possess the Essex, it has cost the British government near BIX millions of dollars, and yet, sir, her capture was owing entirely to accident; and if we consider the expedition with which naval contests are now decided, the action is a dishonour to them. Had they brought their ships boldly...
Página 162 - Seventy-five men, including officers, were all that remained of my whole crew, after the action, capable of doing duty, and many of them severely wounded, some of whom have since died. The enemy still continued his fire, and my brave, though unfortunate companions, were still falling about me. I directed an opposite gun to be fired, to show them we intended no further resistance ; but they did not desist ; four men were killed at my side, and others in different parts of the ship.
Página 48 - Catherine's and the continent; there is every variety to give beauty to the scene; handsome villages and houses built around; shores which gradually ascend in mountains, covered to their summits with trees which remain in constant verdure; a climate always temperate and healthy; small islands scattered here and there, equally covered with verdure; the soil extremely productive ; all combine to render it in appearance the most delightful country in the world...
Página 97 - The intricacies of their country-dance were too great for us to attempt ; they were greatly delighted in by those who knew them, and admitted a display of much grace. With their grace, their beauty of person and complexion, and with their modesty, we were delighted, and could almost fancy we had gotten amongst our own fair countrywomen ; but in one moment the illusion vanished.
Página 149 - I have been well assured, that they have been piled away among the casks in the hold of a ship, where they have been kept eighteen months, and when killed at the expiration of that time, were found to have suffered no diminution in fatness or excellence. They carry with them a constant supply of water, in a bag at the root of the neck, which contains about two gallons; and on tasting that found in those we killed on board, it proved perfectly fresh and sweet. They are very restless when exposed to...
Página 157 - RIGHTS Continued tO fly at the fore. Our ensign was replaced by another ; and to guard against a similar event, an ensign was made fast in the mizen rigging^ and several jacks were hoisted in different parts of the ship.

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