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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mouth, either in the spring of 1782 or the
yeai' before, the brass forty-two pounders
on her lower gun-deck w^ere taken out of
lier as being too heavy, and iron thirty-two
pounders put there in their stead: so that
after that she carried brass twenty-four
pounders on her main-deck, quarter-deck,
and poop, brass thirty-two pounders on Iier
middle-deck, and iron thirty-two pounders
on her lower-deck. She did not carry any
carronades. She measured sixty-six feet
from the kelson to the taffrail: and, being
a flag-ship, her lanterns were so big, that
the men used to go into them to clean
In August, 1782, the Royal George had
come to Spithead. She was in a very com-
plete state, with hardly any leakage, so
that there was no occasion for the pumps
to be touched oftener than once in every
three or four days. By the 19th of August
she had got six months' provision on board,
and also many tons of shot. The ship had
her gallants up, the blue flag of Admiral
Kempenfelt was Hying at the mizen, and
the ensign was hoisted on the ensign-staff,
— and she was in about two days to have
sailed to join the grand fleet in the Medi-
terranean. It was ascertained that the
water-cock must be taken out and a new
(me put in. The water-cock is something
like the taj) of a barrel, — it is in the
hold of the ship on the starboard side, and
at that part of the ship called the well.
By turning a thing which is inside the ship,
the sea-water is let into a cistern in the
hold, and it is from that pumped up to
wash the decks. In some ships the water
is drawn up the side in buckets, and there
is no water-cock. To get out the old
water-cock it was necessary to make the
ship heel so much on her larboard side as
to raise the outside of this water-cock above
water. This was done at about 8 o'clock
on the . morning of the 19th of August.
To do it the whole of the guns on the lar-
board side were' run out as far as they
would go, quite to the breasts of the guns,
and the starboard guns drawn in a midship
and secured by tackles, two to every gun,
one on each side of the gun. This brought
the water nearly on a level with the port-
holes of the larboard side of the lower
gun-deck. The men were working at this
water-cock on the outside of the ship for
near an hour, the ship remaining all on
one side as I have stated.
At about 9 o'clock a. m., or rather be-
fore, we had just finished our breakfast
and the last lighter, with rum on board,
had come alongside: this vessel was a sloop
of about fifty tons, aad belonged to three
brothers, who used her to carry things on
board the men-of-w^ar. She was lashed to
the larboard side of the Royal George,
and we were piped to clear the lighter
and get the I'um out of her, and stow it in
the hold of the Royal George. I was in
the waist of our ship, on the larboard side,
bearing the rum casks over, as some men
of the Royal George were aboard the sloop
to shng them.
At first no danger was apprehended from
the ship being on one side, although the
water kept dashing in at the port-holes at
every wave; and there being mice in the
lower part of the ship, which were disturb-
ed by the water which dashed in, they were
hunted in the water by the men, and there
had been a rare game going on. However,
by about 9 o'clock the additional quantity
of rum on board the ship, and also the
quantity of sea-water which dashed in
through the port-holes, brought the larboard
port-holes of the lower gundeck nearly
level with the sea.
As soon as that Avas the case, the car-
penter went on the quarter-deck to the
lieutenant of the watch, to ask him to give
orders to right ship, as the ship could not
bear it. However, the lieutenant made
him a very short answer, and the carpenter
then went below. The captain's name was
Waghorn. He was on board, but w^here
he was I do not know; — however, cap-
tains, if anything is to be done when the
ship is in harbour, seldom interfere, but
leave it all lo the officer of the watch.
The lieutenant was, if I remember right,
the third lieutenant; he had not joined us
long; his name I do not recollect; he was
a good-sized man, between thirty and foity
years of age. The men called him 'Jib-
and-Foresail Jack,' for, if he had the watch
in the night, he would be always bothering
the men to alter the sails, and it was 'up
jib^ and 'down jib,' and 'up foresail' and
'down foresail,' every minute. However,
the men considered him more of a trouble-
some officer than a good one; and, from a
habit he had of moving his fingers about
when walking the quarter-deck, the men
said he was an organ-player from London,
but 1 have no reason to know that that
was the case. The admiral was either in
his cabin or in his steerage, I do not know
which; and the barber, who had been to
shave him, had just left. The admiral was
a man upwards of seventy years of age;
he was a thin tall man, who stooped a good
As I have already stated, the carpenter