Ocean Life In The Old Sailing Ship Days; From Forecastle To Quarter-deck by John D. Whidden

Ocean Life In The Old Sailing Ship Days; From Forecastle To Quarter-deck

byJohn D. Whidden

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...of the water along the city front, the laden boats or lighters could not approach within a long distance of the Custom House mole, where all goods were landed, and everything had to be carried on shore from the lighters in high carts, drawn by horses. It was a queer sight to see the teams going out nearly a half-mile from shore, coming in loaded, and returning empty. In addition to the Custom House mole, there was the landing mole, where all boats from the shipping landed. It was, I should judge, about an eighth of a mile in length, making a fine promenade, always well filled with people in fine weather, but when there was a heavy sea on, landing from boats was a difficult and hazardous operation. All along the mole were davita with boats hoisted, hanging ready for an emergency. Along the water front on each side of the mole was built a fine sea-wall, in front of which, extending a long way out into the river, were large lumps called " toseas," highly dangerous to a boat getting among them in a seaway. Our cargo having been discharged, the barque was now put into fine condition as to appearance, painted outside and inside, spars scraped, and everything polished up until she shone like a fiddle, and as she lay with her royal yards across, she much resembled a yacht. It was my intention to sell her if possible, and the consignees were looking out sharp for a customer. In the meantime there was very little to do but enjoy myself. Horseback riding was the favorite amusement of the captains, among whom was my old friend Captain William Gregory of Marblehead, commanding the barque " Al-bers," and almost every afternoon we took long gallops into the country from ten to fifteen miles, sometimes much farther when we started earlier. This was not...

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Title:Ocean Life In The Old Sailing Ship Days; From Forecastle To Quarter-deckFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217521827

ISBN - 13:9780217521826

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