Naval poems

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J Hatchard, 1813 - 184 pages

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Page iii - They observed that the magnetic needle in their compasses did not point exactly to the polar star, but varied towards the west, and as they proceeded this variation increased. This appearance, which is now familiar, though it still remains one of the mysteries of nature, into the cause of which the sagacity of man hath not been able to penetrate, filled the companions of Columbus with terror.
Page xxv - I cannot resist the pleasure I have in making it known to their lordships. The Temeraire was boarded by accident, or design, by a French ship on one side and a Spaniard on the other ; the contest was vigorous ; but in the end the combined ensigns were torn from the poop, and the British hoisted in their places.
Page x - TOP; a sort of platform surrounding the lower mast head, from which it projects on all sides like a scaffold. The principal intention of the top is to extend the top-mast shrouds so as to form a greater angle with the mast, and thereby give additional support to the latter. The top is...
Page vii - ... promising upon a nearer view. In sailing along the shore, .we .came so near the huge cliffs, that they seemed to overhang the ship...
Page xi - ... divided into several squares, with holes in them, to receive bars or levers. It is let down perpendicularly through the deck of a ship, and is fixed in such a manner, that the men, by turning it horizontally with their bars, are able to weigh the anchors, and to perform other work requiring great exertion.
Page vi - Fucus giganteus. Upon the report of the master, I stood in with the ship ; but not trusting implicitly to his intelligence, I continued to sound, and found but four fathom upon the first ledge that I went over; concluding, therefore, that I could not anchor here without risk, I determined to seek some port...
Page viii - November, 1100, the sea rising to an extraordinary height, overflowed the coast of Kent, and swept away abundance of people and cattle. This inundation covered the lands that belonged formerly to Earl Goodwin, in the reign of Edward the Confessor. This place, called to this day Goodwin's Sands, is famous for shipwrecks innumerable.
Page v - W., which is to the westward of it by some charts, and to the eastward by others, we expected to see the island, or some of the shoals that are laid down in the charts between it and the main, but we saw neither one nor the other. In the evening of the 29th, we observed that luminous appearance of the sea which has been so often mentioned by navigators, and of which such various causes have been assigned; some supposing it to be occasioned by fish, which agitated the water by darting at their prey,...
Page xi - The movement of a ship by which she plunges her head and after-part, alternately, into the hollow of the sea.

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