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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 way in which these ships are fitted
up, is as follows: — Fore and aft, between
and under the decks of a fire-vessel, are
laid long tubes of combustibles, which burn
and smoke, but will not blow up. In the
hold of the vessel are three separate ma-
gazines, filled not only with the same kind
of combustibles, but also a quantity of
buckets, with hooks at their ears and
handles, and also filled with this slow, con-
suming fire.
These buskets are known by the name
of stink-pots. At the bottom of the ma-
gazines are laid a considerable quantity of
shells, and - grenades, and round hollow
bails, filled with a composition which, once
ignited, cannot be extinguished until it is
burnt out.
When the vessel blows up, which she
does ultimately, these balls fall on board
the enemy; and, if he has escaped the fire
before, he is pretty sure to take it after
the explosion.
At the yard-arms, jib-boom ends, and in
other parts of the fire-ship, attached by
chains, are grapnels (a species of anchor
with several flukes or hooks), which, once
hooked, are with difficulty, if ever, extricat-
ed, but by cutting the rigging in which
they entangle.
When a fire-ship is ordered upon service,
the trains are all laid by the gunner; and,
as soon as she is fairly alongside the ene-
my, and the crew are in their boats, the
captain sets fire to the fuse attached to the
train, and cut to burn one minute and a
half. If he is successful he is promoted;
but if he is taken by the foe, he is hang-
ed at the yard-arm of their ship.
On such a night the sea engulfed my fa-
ther's lifeless form;
My only brother's boat went down in just
so wild a storm.
And such, perhaps, may be ray fate; but
still I say to thee.
Fear not; but trust in Providence, wherever
thou mayst be.
(H. Bayly.)
139. THE PILOT.
0, Pilot! 't is a fearful night, — there's
danger on the deep;
I '11 come and pace the deck with thee, —
I do not dare to sleep.
Go down! the sailor cried, go down; this
is no place for thee:
Fear not; but trust in Providence, wherever
thou mayst be.
Ah! pilot, dangers often met we all are
apt to slight,
And thou hast known these raging waves
but to subdue their might.
It is not apathy, he cried, that gives this
strength to me:
Fear not; but trust in Providence, wherever
thou mayst be.
140. A BURNING SHIP.
'On the 23rd of May, 1727,' says Mr.
Boys in his narrative, 'we sailed from Ja-
maica to London, and, on the 25th of June
were in latitude 41® 45' north, and longi-
tude 200 30' east, from Crooked Island.
About half an hour past noon, the captain's
cook discovered flames of fire through the
lining of the forecastle, andTan in conster-
nation to the quarter-deck to give the alarm,
i At the same instant, the head of a pun-
cheon of rum burst out with an explosion
I resembling the report of a cannon, which
at once alarmed the whole ship's company.
It appeared that two black boys had been
sent by the steward to the store-room to
draw ofl a bottle of rum, and observing
some liquor on the deck, out of an unhappy
curiosity to discover whether it were spirit
or water, for the water-casks were all there;
had put their candle to it, and in an in-
stant the whole was in a blaze. Finding
themselves unable to extinguish the flame,
they left the place and hid themselves.
The third-mate, the surgeon, the carpenter,
and myself got forward immediately, ripp-
ed off the tarpauling, opened the fore-
hatchway, and then saw the lazaretto, or
store-room, in a liquid fire. W^e went be-
low and endeavoured to stifle the flame
with swabs, rugs, blankets, our own clothes,
and things of that sort; but finding all our
efforts in this way ineffectual, we set the
pump to work in the head, whence the
water was handed down to us. In the mean
time the captain indiscreetly ordered a
scuttle to be cut through the deck of the
forecastle, with a view to pour water di-
rectly on the fire; but this made the flames
rage with redoubled violence, and the whole
forecastle was soon in a blaze. We who
were below, finding the fire to increase
very much upon us, desired the people on
deck to get out the boats while we would
still endeavour to quench the flames, which
they promised to do; but when we could
stay no longer below for the great heat,
and came upon deck, we found not the
least preparation made to hoist out the