Ocean's Story; Or, Triumphs of Thirty Centuries: A Graphic Description of Maritime Adventures ...

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Hubbard Bros., 1873 - 712 Seiten
 

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Seite 342 - Methinks I see it now, that one solitary, adventurous vessel, the Mayflower of a forlorn hope, freighted with the prospects of a future state, and bound across the unknown sea. I behold it pursuing, with a thousand misgivings, the uncertain, the tedious voyage. Suns rise and set, and weeks and months pass, and winter surprises them on the deep, but brings them not the sight of the wished-for shore.
Seite 344 - ... without shelter, — without means, — surrounded by hostile tribes. Shut now the volume of history, and tell me, on any principle of human probability, what shall be the fate of this handful of adventurers. — Tell me, man of military science, in how many months were they all swept off by the thirty savage tribes, enumerated within the early limits of New England...
Seite 344 - And is it possible that neither of these causes, that not all combined, were able to blast this bud of hope ? Is it possible that from a beginning so feeble, so frail, so worthy, not so much of admiration as of pity there haa gone forth a progress so steady, a growth so wonderful, an expansion so ample, a reality so important, a promise, yet to be fulfilled, so glorious ? BORRIOBOOLA GHA.
Seite 511 - The power of propelling boats by steam is now fully proved. The morning I left New York, there were not perhaps thirty persons in the city who believed that the boat would ever move one mile an hour, or be of the least utility; and while we were putting off from the wharf, which was crowded with spectators, I heard a number of sarcastic remarks.
Seite 514 - She is a structure resting on two boats and keels, separated from end to end by a channel fifteen feet wide, and sixty-six feet long ; one boat contains the caldrons of copper to prepare her steam. The cylinder of iron, its piston, levers, and wheels occupy part of the other. The water-wheel revolves in the space between them.
Seite 383 - Company, through the same alone, and to the exclusion of all others, to resort and trade to the coasts and countries of Africa, from the Tropic of Cancer to the Cape of Good Hope, and the...
Seite 510 - ... others prostrated themselves, and besought Providence to protect them from the approaches of the horrible monster which was marching on the tide and lighting its path by the fires that it vomited...
Seite 538 - We had abundance of materials for building in the fragments of limestone that covered the beach ; and we therefore erected a cairn of some magnitude, under which we buried a canister, containing a record of the interesting fact : only regretting that we had not the means of constructing a pyramid...
Seite 272 - ... with much sugar, and packs of spices, making a caudle of the sea round about. Then they betook themselves to their prayers, the best lever at such a dead lift indeed, and it pleased God that the wind, formerly their mortal enemy, became their friend...
Seite 567 - Imagine, now, the centre of such a continent, occupied through nearly its whole extent by a deep unbroken sea of ice, that gathers perennial increase from the water-shed of vast snow-covered mountains, and all the precipitations of the atmosphere upon its own surface. Imagine this, moving...

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