A Prisoner of the Sea

Paperback | February 12, 2012

byChauncey Crafts Hotchkiss

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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. 1908 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III THE SIESTA I Met Captain Delano promptly the following day, and my suit-case was passed into the yacht's tender by as vicious looking a sailor as I had ever set eyes upon. There were two, in fact, and I should not have cared to meet either in the dark. However, sailors are much like singed cats--apt to be better than they look; and the yacht itself absorbed my attention as we drew near her. From my office windows I had caught nothing of her details, but her exterior beauties came out strong as we approached her. I had seen and handled yachts in my day, but nothing of her size and grace. Save for a broad gilt stripe, she was as black as polished ebony, the sun-lit water dancing in her sides as though in a black mirror, while the light, glancing upward from her bright copper bottom like a shimmer of gold, left her floating in an aureole of yellow radiance. We ran under her immense length of jib-boom, and the carved and gilded tiger's head which graced her stem seemed to snarl a welcome to me. Her shrouds being stayed on chain-plates, her high freeboard was without a break save for the round brassbound ports that pierced her. From the graceful overhang of her stern to the uppermost push of her cutwater I judged her to be more than one hundred feet in length. "What do you think of her?" asked the captain as we rounded her bow. "She's the finest piece of marine architecture of her size and kind that I have ever seen," I answered enthusiastically. "Yes? Wait until you have seen all of her," he returned calmly. He did not appear to be enthusiastic himself; perhaps familiarity had blunted him. We swept to the starboard gangway and there I had an earnest of what was to follow. The side steps were of solid mahogany carved in intricate design and inlaid w...

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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. 1908 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III THE SIESTA I Met Captain Delano promptly the following day, and my suit-case was passed into the yacht's tender by ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217308805

ISBN - 13:9780217308809

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