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
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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boats, the captam and greatest part of the
crew being on the quarter-deck crying to
God for help without using any means to
save themselves. When I atferwards ques-
tioned the captain, in the boat, as to the
cause of this inactivity, he told me they
expected every moment the powder would
take fire and blow up the ship. This
powder was directly under the scuttle where
the fire was raging, a circumstance we did
not think of, or we might have done as
they did. I immediately endeavoured to
persuade the people that the boats were
our only resource, and proceeded myself
to prepare and apply the tackle to the
yawl. I was hoisted out in this boat by
desire of the chief-mate, for fear, when
she should be in the water, the men should
j^un away with her before the longboat
could be got out. As she was lowering
down, he handed me the oars, one of which
fell overboard, so we had but three. By
the time she was in the water, there were
seven or eight men in her, whom 1 entreat-
ed to return to the ship again in order to
get out the long-boat, but they were unwill-
ing to go back unless I would accompany
them; upon which T took hold of a rope
and was stepping into the ship when I ob-
served the captain dropping into the boat.
I pressed him to go back with me, but he
told me the longboat's bow was on fire,
and at that instant, by a roll of the ship,
I perceived the flames coming up the fore-
hatchway above the longboat's bow^ At
the same time it became necessary to put
off the boat, as the people were crowding
into her, and there were then in her twenty-
two men and boys. As we passed under
the ship's quarter, the captain called to
the chief-mate, who was his brother, en-
treating him to jump into the water and
swim to the boat; but he declined it, say-
ing it was impossible the boat could swim
many minutes, she having then her gunnel
nearly even with the water, and the wind
blowing very fresh.
'We left sixteen men and boys in the
ship, who all perished. They attempted
to get out the longboat, and had in part
succeeded; but before they could get her
over the side we saw her bow fall on the
deck; probably they could not stand near
her for the flames, or the tackle was burn-
ed and gave way. In somewhat less than
half an hour after we quitted her, the ship
was all on fire as far as the bulk-head of
the steerage, most of the unhappy men
being then on the quarter-deck. Shortly
after, the whole of this part burst up at
once in a flame. Tbe guns went off from
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time to time as the metal grew liot; but
her upper works were wholly destroyed,
and nearly three hours elapsed before the
gunpowder took fire. The explosion rent
her to pieces, and we saw no more of her.
Could we have stayed by the ship we pro-
bably might have saved some provisions
after she blew up, but we were obliged
from the first to put the boat right I-efoi'e
the sea with two oars to prevent her fiUing.
'As soon as our attention was disengaged
from the ship and our comrades onboard,
we began _ to reflect on the horrors of our
own situation. I came into the boat in
my shirt and drawers, having tlirown the
i-est of my clothes upon the fire. We had
not time to take with us a morsel of vict-
uals, or drop of drink; we had neither
mast, sail, nor compass, and were at least
1*20 leagues from the nearest land. It blew
and rained hard the two first days and
nights, and the sea ran so high, that we
were obliged to sit close together abaft,
on the gunnel, to keep out the waves. At
this time we might have saved a consider-
able quantity of rainwater, but the appre-
hension of immediate destruction obliterat-
ed every thought of providing for our fu-
ture wants, and besides we had no vessels
in which water might have been kept.
^On Wednesday it was fine weather, and
then, as Providence had so wonderfully
preserved us hitherto, we began to enter-
tain some hope of deliverance, and contriv-
ed to make a sail by sewing together three
frocks and a shirt with a sail-needle and
some twine, which fortunately were in the
pocket of one of the black boys. The
broken blade of an oar, found in the boat,
formed a tolerable yard. One of the oars
served for a mast. The haulyards were
formed of our garters, which were convert-
ed likewise into a tack and a sheet. W^e
then ripped up the bottom-boards, undei-
which we found several nails. A caulking-
mallet was likewise discovered, and we wei e
enabled to nail the boards to the gminel,
where the boat was straight, by way of
wash-streak; and where she rounded abaft
we nailed slips of the men's frocks, all
which answered bravely.
'Thus equipped, we hoisted our sail and
steered as well as we could to the north-
ward, knowing Newfoundland to be in that
quarter; for, on the day the ship was burnt,
I had worked my day's work and pricked
olf my reckoning on the draught, and I
took particular notice of our bearing and
distance from Newfoundland. We judged
of our course a few days by the sun, the
stars, and the captain's watch, which went