Masterman Ready; or, the wreck of the Pacific written for young people Volume 1

9781150807848: Masterman Ready; or, the wreck of the Pacific written for young people Volume 1
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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...the ship: she was then launched over the gunnel by the united exertions of Mr. Seagrave and Ready, and to their great satisfaction she appeared to leak very little. "Now, sir," said Ready, "what shall we do first--take some things on shore, or some of the children?" "What do you say, Ready?" "Why then, sir, with submission to you, I think as the water is as smooth as glass, and we can land anywhere, (for which we ought to be most thankful, having women and infants to take on shore,) that you and I had better go first to reconnoitre,--it is not two hundred yards to the beach, and we shall lose but little time." "Very well, Ready, I will first run down and tell my wife." "And, in the meanwhile, I 'II put the sail intothe boat, and one or two other things; it will be so much time saved." H 2 100 RECONNOITRE THE ISLAND. Ready put the sail in, an axe, a musket, and some cord. Mr. Seagrave came up again; they both got into the boat, and pulled on shore. When they landed, they found that they could see nothing of the interior of the island, the cocoa-nut groves were so thick; but to their right they perceived, at about a quarter of a mile off, a small sandy cove, with brushwood growing in front of the cocoa-nut trees. "That," said Ready, pointing to it, "must be our location, as the Americans call it. Let us get into the boat again, Mr. Seagrave, and pull to it; it is but a little way to pull, but a long way to carry the things 'in the boat." In a few minutes they arrived at the cove, the water was shallow, and as clear as crystal. Beneath the boat's bottom they could see beautiful shells, and the fish darting about in every direction. The sand extended about forty yards from the FIRST LANDING ON THE ISLAND. water, and then commenced the brushwood,...

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