Cruising and Blockading by William Henry WinslowCruising and Blockading by William Henry Winslow

Cruising and Blockading

byWilliam Henry Winslow

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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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. 1885. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI. The Nautilus got underway at daybreak; steamed slowly up the coast, and, the next day, arrived and came to anchor in Charlotte Harbor upon the west coast of Florida. A great number of islands of all shapes and sizes lie along this coast of Florida. The passages between these islands make an extensive network of inland waters, navigable by small craft, and, with the numerous broad, shallow rivers in the main land, furnish muddy homes for thousands of alii--gators5 and gave, in war times, countless hiding places for blockade-runners. It was the boast of the men engaged in blockade-running from this region, that they could pole their vessels all the way inland around Florida until they reached the latitude of Nassau, when they could run across to British waters in one night. The islands are composed of sand and the muck of vegetable decomposition; they are covered by stunted growths of mangrove, pine, cypress, palmetto and lime trees, and many of them contain pools of brackish water and swamps in the interior. The islands and coast are little above sea level, and the tide sweeps through all the passages and up all the rivers for many miles. Charlotte Harbor is land-locked by these islands. It is in reality a beautiful bay eight to ten miles wide and twenty-five miles long. Pease Creek enters its head, a narrow passage leads south and receives the great Caloosahatchie, and its principal outlet is towards the west. The rivers are broad, shallow, muddy and sluggish. Their bottoms are a slimy ooze, furnishing no support for the feet, and their banks are the homes of voracious alligators, so that fording was dangerous and alost impossible. There were few inhabitants in this part of Florida during the war. An old Italian refugee, named Salvini, lived w...
Title:Cruising and BlockadingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217197167

ISBN - 13:9780217197168