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The Pirate Slaver Harry Collingwood

The Pirate Slaver

Harry Collingwood

Published February 8th 2014
ISBN : 9781495438561
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146 pages
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Land ho! broad on the port bow! The cry arose from the look-out on the forecastle of her Britannic Majestys 18-gun brig Barracouta, on a certain morning near the middle of the month of November, 1840- the vessel then being situated in aboutMoreLand ho! broad on the port bow! The cry arose from the look-out on the forecastle of her Britannic Majestys 18-gun brig Barracouta, on a certain morning near the middle of the month of November, 1840- the vessel then being situated in about latitude 6 degrees 5 minutes south and about 120 east longitude. She was heading to the eastward, close-hauled on the port tack, under every rag that her crew could spread to the light and almost imperceptible draught of warm, damp air that came creeping out from the northward. So light was the breeze that it scarcely wrinkled the glassy smoothness of the long undulations upon which the brig rocked and swayed heavily while her lofty trucks described wide arcs across the paling sky overhead, from which the stars were vanishing one after another before the advance of the pallid dawn. And at every lee roll her canvas flapped with a rattle as of a volley of musketry to the masts, sending down a smart shower from the dew-saturated cloths upon the deck, to fill again with the report of a nine-pounder and a great slatting of sheets and blocks as the ship recovered herself and rolled to windward.