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Two Years Before the Mast and Twenty-Four Years After Volume 23 free pdf 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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...whaleship, Wilmington and Liverpool Packet, of New Bedford, last from the "off-shore ground," with nineteen hundred barrels of oil. A "spouter" we knew her to be as soon as we saw her, by her cranes and boats, and by her stump topgallant masts, and a certain slovenly look to the sails, rigging, spars and hull- and when we got on board, we found everything to correspond, --spouter fashion. She had a false deck, which was rough and oily, and cut up in every direction by the chimes of oil casks- her rigging was slack and turning white- no paint on the spars or blocks- clumsy seizings and straps without covers, and homeward-bound splices in every direction. Her crew, too, were not in much better order. Her captain was a slab-sided, shamblelegged Quaker, in a suit of brown, with a broad-brimmed bat- and sneaking about decks, like a sheep, with his head down- and the men looked more like fishermen and farmers than they did like sailors. Though it was by no means cold weather, (we having on only our red shirts and duck trowsers, ) they all had on woollen trowsers--not blue and ship-shape--but of all colors--brown, drab, grey, aye, and green, with suspenders over their shoulders, and pockets to put their hands in. This, added to guernsey frocks, striped comforters about the neck, thick cowhide boots, woollen caps, and a strong, oily smell, and a decidedly green look, will complete the description. Eight or ten were on the fore-topsail yard, and as many more in the main, furling the topsails, while eight or ten were hanging about the forecastle, doing nothing. This was a strange sight for a vessel coming to anchor- so we went up to them, to see what was the matter. One of them, a stout, hearty-looking fellow, held out his leg and...

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Author : Richard Henry Dana
Publisher : Theclassics.Us
Data Published : 12 September 2013
ISBN : 1230364269
EAN : 9781230364261
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 146 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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