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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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The tide was nearly at its height, as the
pilot-boat came bounding out between the
pier-heads of Dover, to meet the angry
waves that rolled in to oppose her passage.
She had good way on her (making rapid
progress through the water); but, in open-
ing out to the sea (getting clear of the
shelter of the pier-heads), the heavy waves
buried her bows under water, and threw
whole sheets of spray as high as her mast-
heads, right fore-and-aft; but the smart
vessel again rose lightly on the billows,
throwing her stem (bow) proudly in the air,
as if to shake herself free from all incum-
brances, and to prepare for the next attack.
The gale, with its mighty breath, swelled
her reefed sails almost to bursting; and
again she moved forward, whilst her crew
crouched snugly down, with halliards and
sheets all clear (all ready to let go, if re-
quired). Once more rolled in the broken
wave, curling over, and roaring loudly as
it advanced; the boat again met it, and
dashed through the wall of water, but was
half swamped (half filled with water), be-
fore it had passed astern. The danger was
past — the helm checked to starboard, the
sheets eased off, and away she Hew to suc-
cour the distressed frigate; or, in other
words, perhaps more intelligible to my read-
ers, she was set to run nearly before the
wind.
Hundreds of persons were on the piers,
to see the boat make her dangerous pass-
age through them: they watched her with
almost breathless silence, whilst the fright-
ful danger was impending. Many a iong-
drawn sigh of terror passed, as the noble
craft was immersed in the foam of the dark
waters; but not a word was spoken, till
she had got over and passed the whole;
and then the loud and continued shout of
congratulation and praise burst forth, and
mingled with the shrill whistling of the gale.
The captain, and many on board the fri-
gate, had fixed their eager attention on the
movements of the hovellers. They could
distinctly see the crowds of people upon
the pier-heads; and, as the boat came out
of the harbour, they became aware that at
least the signal for a pilot would be an-
swered. The captain gazed through his glass
with the most intensive anxiety: he saw the
daring efforts and the hard toil of the brave
hovellers; he saw the waving of hats and
handkerchiefs on the piers, as the boat was
making her way rapidly towards him; and,
seized with the enthusiasm of the moment,
he whirled his hat above his head, exclaim-
ing, 'Nobly done! nobly done! hurrah!'
The officers and seamen heard the sound.
and one loud and hearty cheer rang along
the decks —' it was the brave answering
the brave.
For some distance the pilot-boat kept on
towards the ship; she then altered her
course towards the Downs, the steersman
waving his hat for the frigate to follow.
As they got closer, preparations were made
on board the frigate to receive the pilot,
as soon as the boat got alongside. A sea-
man was sent up to the main-yard-arm, and
from thence let down the end of a hawser
(rope) to touch the surface of the water.
On came the pilot-boat, every man of her
crew at his proper duty, and his eyes steadi-
ly fixed upon the sails without heeding the
frigate. Onward she came, tossing up the
bubbling water, and dashing it from her
bows, as if in play with the element she
braved. The steersman's duty was now one
that required great care; and, as he got
closer to the frigate, he turned the boat
into the same course she was steering.
Now they are alongside; and a man in the
bows has caught the rope suspended from
the yard-arm, and secured it round one of
the thwarts (seats across the boat). The
end of a rope was thrown from the gang-
way of the frigate to the boat, and secur-
ed round the body and under the arms of
a sturdy-looking man, who threw off his
rough jacket on the occasion. The roll of
the sea was watched for; the boat moved
closer to the ship — the rope was hauled
taut, and the man jumped from the gun-
wale (edge) of the boat into the space be-
tween. For an instant he was under water,
but was quickly raised to the surface, close
to the ship's side, where plenty of hands
were ready to receive him: he ascended the
steps, crossed the gangway — and the pi-
lot was on board.
The boat now returned to the shore, and
the frigate pursued her course, and provi-
dentially reached her port in safety.
138. FIRE - SHIPS.
1 will now tell you something more about
fire-ships.
The fire-ship, which in former days used
to be attached to ileets of war, was intend-
ed to be run alongside of, and lashed and
hooked to, a disabled ship of the line (an
enemy) that would not surrender. This
cruel and dishonourable method of warfare
has of late been abandoned on the open
sea, and was used the last time at the burn-
ing of the French lleet, at Isle d'Aix, in
Basque Roads.