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The Belle of Australia free pdf Excerpt from The Belle of Australia: Or Who Am I? I kept my promises, and the master of the ship was faithful to his word- but I fear that I heard more first-class profanity on that sixty-days' passage than was good for a young man of nineteen, who had been tenderly reared by a loving mother, and who had been in the habit of associating with men who did not swear, except under great provocation. Who I was, and why I was seeking my fortune on the shores of the Pacific, will be revealed in the course of this true and minute history of my early life. Of our passage from San Francisco I will say but little, for a more disagreeable voyage I never experienced, as our men were ignorant and brutal, hardly one of them knowing the duties of a sailor, many of them shanghae'd from the shore during a drunken stupor, while the officers were impatient, cross, and tyrannical, and gave their orders with blows, and the latter usually preceded the former. The ship was a floating hell, yet as a passenger I suffered but little discomfort, and was on friendly terms with master, mates, and crew, and never failed to lend a helping hand in dressing a sailor's wounds, when a scalp was laid open with a belaying pin, fid, capstan bar, or marlinspike. I was looked upon as the surgeon of the vessel, and had free access to the medicine chest, and thus was enabled to soothe many a poor fellow's pain, which might have gone unrelieved for all the officers cared. "Angus," said Captain Crescent one morning at breakfast, the fifty-ninth day of our departure from the Golden Gate, "if the wind holds I shall land you on Australian soil tomorrow forenoon. We are making ten knots an hour, and Hobson's Bay is just two hundred miles distant." "I hope we shall see a good deal of each other while you are in port," I replied. "I hope not," was the gruff response- and then, looking up at the tell-tale compass over his head, growled out to the steward, "Go on deck, and tell that swab at the wheel that if he does not keep the ship on her course I will come up, and belt him over the head with a rope's end. - him! where is he going to?" The steward delivered the order, and returned to the cabin to wait upon the table. "No, Angus," the master said, after the tell tale had showed that the vessel was once more on her course, "I hope we shall part in Hobson's Bay, and that when we again run afoul of each other it will be in China, or the States. Blast the countries where gold is dug out of the earth by the shovelful. It spoils sailors, and makes a captain an old man afore his time." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."

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Author : William H Thomes
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331330505
EAN : 9781331330509
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 332 pages
Age + : 5-9 years
Language : English
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