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Hence there was never any occasion for us to have recourse to the caboose ; but
, on the contrary , when the frequent gales of wind which we experienced caused
the sea to break over the vessel , the cabin - boy solicited leave to dress his ...
... sea the brig should ship on the passage , I unhung my cot , and put it into a
spare fore and aft cabin , which , to my satisfaction , I found , afterwards , was the
only dry one in the steerage . The wind being favourable on getting under weigh
We had scarcely been out a week , when we experienced a gale of wind that was
not less disastrous than tremendous . A sea which broke over the quarter washed
a hencoop from its lashing , and drowned nearly three dozen of fowls . But it is ...
If a sail was split by the wind , there was no other alternative but to mend it ; and
when , after being out six weeks , we had sprung our fore top mast , we were
compelled to reef it . The same day , I remember , we fell in with a schooner from
He told the Captain of her he would hoist out his boat and go to see him ; but the
man not approving , I suppose , his physiognomy , hauled aft his sheets and bore
round up before the wind . The skipper had contracted these habits during the ...
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John Davis was a tutor, a novelist, poet a traveler and above all things a literary man. Very much a man of his time he frequently inserts Latin quotes into his text and makes frequent references to various personages in Greek mythology. Many modern readers will not understand these references unless they know Latin and are well versed in Greek Mythology. I found the book to be very read able and well written. I live close to or have visited many of the places he travel through, which, makes the book all the more interesting to me. He provides a glimpse of what the planter class was like, both, good and bad. He likewise provides a view into the lives of the enslaved. He worked as a tutor to provide most of his living. At one time he worked for Mr. Drayton who owned Drayton Manor on the Ashley River outside of Charleston South Carolina. You can visit Drayton Manor tour the building and see the magnificent gardens. He also inserts several poems he wrote into the book. His poetry is quite good. I think this work would be of interest to anyone wanting to learn about what life was like in American at the end of the 18th century. The Latin and references to Greek Mythology may hold some back but I think this book is worth 5 stars.