Under Sail

Macmillan, 1918 - 424 páginas

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Página 10 - And bends the gallant mast; And bends the gallant mast, my boys, While, like the eagle free, Away the good ship flies, and leaves Old England on the lee. O for a soft and gentle wind!
Página 154 - We have had enough of action, and of motion we, Roll'd to starboard, roll'd to larboard, when the surge was seething free, Where the wallowing monster spouted his foam-fountains in the sea. Let us swear an oath, and keep it with an equal mind, In the hollow Lotos-land to live and lie reclined On the hills like Gods together, careless of mankind.
Página 145 - Thy arts of building from the bee receive; Learn of the mole to plough, the worm to weave; Learn of the little nautilus to sail, Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.
Página 35 - ... or one-quarter pint of barley may be substituted for each other. When fresh meat Is Issued, the proportion to be two pounds per man per day, In lieu of salt meat. Flour, rice, and pease, beef and pork, may be substituted for each other, and, for potatoes, onions may be substituted.
Página 34 - Scale of provisions to be allowed and served out to the crew during the voyage in addition to the daily issue of lime and lemon juice and sugar, or other antiscorbutics in any case required by law.
Página 310 - ... shore its advancing slope becomes steeper, and when the depth of water becomes less than the altitude of the wave, it topples over, and comes ashore as a great breaker. Sometimes, however, its volume, height, and velocity, are so great that it comes ashore bodily and breaks far inland. The direction from which it arrives at any given point of land does not necessarily infer that in which the origin may be ; as this wave may change its direction of motion greatly, or become broken up into several...
Página 91 - I had suddenly been elevated to a heaven far above the strife and trouble of the decks below. For the moment I forgot the object of my climb in the contemplation of the sparkling scene stretching as far as eye could reach. I glanced down to the narrow deck far beneath, white in the sun, the black top of the bulwarks outlining the plan of the ship against the deep blue waters ; my eye followed the easy curves of the squared canvas on the main, the great breadth of the yards extending to port and starboard,...
Página 75 - ... according to the custom of the sea. The deadeyes carry their lanyard knots forward to starboard and aft to port. From the main truck to the keel, from the flying jibboom end to the last band on the spanker boom, the art of seamanship has decreed the exact way in which certain things shall be done. Nations differ in their customs and likewise in their rigs. No Italian ship can sail the sea with a straight martingale, and no other ship would venture forth with one that was anything but true. For...
Página 87 - None of us are perfect, and the humble sailor man as well as the rest of the human race is prone to take things as easy as the law of the craft on which he sails will allow. This fact, coupled with the hard circumstances under which a small crew is compelled to work a very large ship, may in a measure condone the tactics which have for their object the putting the "fear of God
Página 113 - ... mariner's splice, or a Flemish eye, or work a cringle into a bolt rope? Hitchen of the starboard watch taught us how to form the English bag knot, an intricate and beautiful formation made in the bight of a line. Our work under the f'c'sle head got all hands interested, and during many a damp and dismal dog watch we practiced the forming of every knot from the bowline down, Peter, the boy, and myself trying to outdo each other in the variety of our achievements. Frenchy taught us a new way to...

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