The Pilot

George Routledge and Sons, 1867 - 160 Seiten
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Cooper isn't my favorite 1800s writer by a long shot, but I can't deny that there's a certain charm to this book. The plot, in many ways, feels modern, and I think it is as close as anyone will ever ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Seite 21 - She feels it! she springs her luff! observe," he said, "the light opens from the hummock already ; if she will only bear her canvas, we shall go clear !" A report like that of a cannon interrupted his exclamation, and something resembling a white cloud was seen drifting before the wind from the head of the ship, till it was driven into the gloom far to leeward. " "Tis the jib blown from the bolt-ropes," said the commander of the frigate. "This is no time to spread light duck — but the mainsail...
Seite 20 - If we had beaten out the way we entered," exclaimed Griffith, " we should have done well" " Say, also, if the tide would have let us do so," returned the pilot, calmly. " Gentlemen, we must be prompt ; we have but a mile to go, and the ship appears to fly. That top-sail is not enough to keep her up to the wind; we want both jib and main-sail.
Seite 21 - Square away the yards ! — in mainsail !" A general burst from the crew echoed, "Square away the yards!" and, quick as thought, the frigate was seen gliding along the channel before the wind. The eye had hardly time to dwell on the foam, which seemed like clouds driving in the heavens, and directly the gallant vessel issued from her perils, and rose and fell on the heavy waves of the sea.
Seite 20 - ... the dangerous shoals in which she had been embayed, as steadily and swiftly as she had approached them. A moment of breathless astonishment succeeded the accomplishment of this nice manœuvre, but there was no time for the usual expressions of surprise.
Seite 20 - ... their preservation, the channel becoming at each step more complicated, and the shoals thickening around the mariners on every side. The lead was cast rapidly, and the quick eye of the Pilot seemed to pierce the darkness with a keenness of vision that exceeded human power. It was apparent to all in the vessel that they were under the guidance of one who understood the navigation thoroughly, and their exertions kept pace with their reviving confidence.
Seite 72 - Pretty much up and down, sir," returned the cockswain, whose eye was gradually brightening with the excitement of the sport; "he'll soon run his nose against the bottom if he stands long on that course, and will be glad to get another snuff of pure air. Send her a few fathoms to starboard, sir, and I promise we shall not be out of his track.
Seite 110 - ... places of safety; though, as Tom returned to his seat on the bowsprit, he could not conceal from his reluctant eyes the lifeless forms that were, in other spots, driven against the rocks with a fury that soon left them but few of the outward vestiges of humanity. Dillon and the cockswain were now the sole occupants of their dreadful station.
Seite 111 - The heavy groaning produced by the water in the timbers of "The Ariel" at that moment added its impulse to the raging feelings of Dillon; and he cast himself headlong into the sea. The water thrown by the rolling of the surf on the beach was necessarily returned to the ocean in eddies, in different places favorable to such an action of the element.
Seite 19 - The vessel rose slowly from the inclined position into which she had been forced by the tempest, and the sails were shaking violently, as if to release themselves from their confinement, while the ship stemmed the billows, when the well-known voice of the sailing-master was heard shouting from the forecastle: "Breakers!
Seite 20 - The vessel was implicitly yielded to his government, and during those anxious moments when she was dashing the water aside, throwing the spray over her enormous yards, each ear would listen eagerly for those sounds that had obtained a command over the crew, that can only be acquired, under such circumstances, by great steadiness and consummate skill. The ship was recovering from the inaction of changing her course, in one of those critical tacks that she had made so often, when the pilot, for the...

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