Casualties Afloat; With Practical Suggestions For Their Prevention And Remedy

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byAugustus Frederick Knaston

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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. 1849. Excerpt: ... the stern davits itself gave way, and that end of the boat, with two men, was precipitated in the water. The disaster would have been soon remedied, had not one of the leading men of the crew slid down the tackles, and, desirous of saving some of the materials which were floating away, and totally unmindful of the current which was racing past the brig, committed his fortunes to the deep. As might have been expected, he was swept far astern in an instant, and lost sight of in the darkness; and, considering the vessel was anchored in the Fairway, the nearest land far off, the current setting strong, and the harbour infested with sharks, although known to be a good swimmer, the man's loss seemed inevitable even to the most sanguine. Nevertheless, the long boat was hoisted, or rather flew out, manned by the crew; and the commander soon gave the order to shove off, leaving his second in command, with one other hand, to take charge of the vessel--a charge which in no way seemed attended with risk under existing circumstances. But how small is the stock of human foresight, at the very best! Little did any of the parties--the man swimming for his life, the boat pulling to save him, or the midshipman left in charge--anticipate the danger which was brewing up for their amusement, or to increase their peril, behind the cloud-capped peaks of the Sierra Leone. The boat was scarcely out of sight, when there was a deep roll of thunder--a vivid flash--and down came rattling from the mountains, where it had been concentrating its forces in silence, the first burst of the African storm in all its fury--cutting the waves as with a knife, spreading the harbour with a sheet of foam, and sweeping away all obstacles to its impetuous career. The brig, dragging her anchor at a f...

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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. 1849. Excerpt: ... the stern davits itself gave way, and that end of the boat, with two men, was precipitated in the water. The disaster would ha...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021769389X

ISBN - 13:9780217693899

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