Off The Chain; Notes And Essays From The West Highlands

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byWilliam Anderson Smith

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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. 1868. Excerpt: ... SEALS AND DOOKERS. "all right! Shove off! Now, James, steady of hand and true of eye, if you don't make a bag, my usual luck is to blame for it." The ramrod rings as I drive a bullet down my Enfield, and lay it handy for a dozing seal; James's fowling-piece lying ready for a never-dozing dooker. The oars of the coble are seized, and away we pull out of the harbour down the Skipness coast. Steadily onwards, out and in every little creek, keeping close to the shore, with a sharp eye on the rocks for seals, and another on the water outside for dookers. None are to be seen! The other day--when unarmed, of course--all sorts of life was rampant on sea and land; now nothing whatever shows itself. I am afraid I am no sportsman. Getting into a steady swing at the oars, my eyes slipped from the rocky or gravelly shore up the banks, and I thought of the time when they would be different, and was even smiling at those villas on which the warm sun was glinting just now, over each of these glens. I am wondering where the boys bathe; and turning to the clear water beside me, gaze through it to a fine sandy bottom, dotted all over with colonies of enormous whelks stalking leisurely about. Mollusc mastiffs they are, or rather gray wolves, with an extensive territory over which to patrol. See that star-fish, quite a foot in diameter, swimming rapidly, with all its suckers in a state of restless activity. Those are the fellows that gobble the oysters, and cost such trouble and expense to keep from the English beds. Hush! A seal at last! suddenly making its appearance right astern of the boat, but a long way off. "Shoo! shoo!"--meaning "backwater,"--cautiously!--rapidly! No use; he is down again. Pulling rapidly over, and then keeping still, we hope to see his head pop up wi...

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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. 1868. Excerpt: ... SEALS AND DOOKERS. "all right! Shove off! Now, James, steady of hand and true of eye, if you don't make a bag, my usual luck i...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217267955

ISBN - 13:9780217267953

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