Sable Island; its history and phenomena

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9781231154236: Sable Island; its history and phenomena
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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. 1894 Excerpt: ...she passed through untouched--the sea became smooth before her, and she left a shining track behind."... "When she approached a little nearer we could see one man lashed to the helm, and two men forward lashed by each of the foreshrouds, and by each man a large cask standing on end. We could also see that the two men were making great exertions with their arms, as if throwing something up in the wind. The vessel had now passed the most dangerous place, and her safety seemed certain. Another half mile brought her to the beach, and her bow struck the sand."... "The schooner was the 'Arno,' Capt. Higgins, with twelve men, from Quero Bank, where they had been fishing. They left the bank at the commencement of the gale. lIe had lost all his headsails, when at daylight this morning he made the land dead under his lee, with the gale blowing right on shore. The vessel having no headsail, he could do nothing with her on a wind. He let go his anchor in twenty fathoms of water, paid out three hundred fathoms of hemp cable, and brought the vessel head to wind. In that tremendous sea he held on till noon, when, seeing no prospect of the gale abating, he cut his cable and put the vessel before the wind, preferring to run her on shore before night to riding there and foundering at her anchor. He lashed himself to the helm, sent all his men below but two, and nailed up the cabin doors. He had two large casks placed near the foreshrouds and lashed there. He then directed his two best men to station themselves there, and lash themselves firmly to the casks, which were partly filled with blubber and oil from the fish. They had each a wooden ladle about two feet long, and with those ladles they dipped up the blubber and oil and threw it up in the air as hig...

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