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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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left the quarter-deck and went helow. In
a very short time he came up again, and
asked the Heutenant of the watch to right
ship, and said again that the ship could
not bear it; but the lieutenant replied,
e, sir, if you can manage the ship
better than I can, you had better take the
command.' Myself and a good many more
were at the waist of the ship and at the
gangways, and heard what passed, as wc
knew the danger, and began to feel aggriev-
ed, for there were some capital seamen
aboard, who knew what they were about
quite as well or better than the officers.
In a very short time, in a minute or two
1 should think, the lieutenant ordered the
drumiupi' to be called to beat to right ship.
The drummer was called in a moment, and
the ship was then just beginning to sink.
I jumped oir the gangway as soon as the
drummer was called. There was no time
for him to beat his drum, and I don't know
that he even had time to get it. I ran
down to my station, and, by the time I
had got there, the men were tumbling down
the hatchways one over another to get to
(lieir stations as quick as possible to right
ship. My station was at the third gun from
the head of the ship on the starboard side
of the lower gundeck, close by where the
cable passes, indeed it was just abaft the
bight of the cable. I said to the lieutenant
of our gun, whose name was Carrell, for
every gun has a captain and lieutenant
(though they are only sailors), 'Let us try
to bouse our gun out Avithout waiting for
the drum, as it will help to right ship.'
We pushed the gun, but it ran back upon
tis, and we could not start him. The water
then rushed in at nearly all the port-holes
of the larboard side of the lower gundeck,
and I directly said to Carroll, 'Ned, lay
hold of the ring-bolt and jump out at the
port-hole; the ship is sinking, and we shall
be all drowned.' He laid hold of the ring-
bolt, and jumped out at the port hole into
the sea: I believe he was drowned, for I
never saw him afterwards. I immediately
got out at the same port-hole, which was
the third from the head of the ship on the
starboard side of the lower gundeck, and
when I had done so, I saw the port-hole
as full of heads as it could cram, all try-
ing to get out. I caught hold of tlie best
bower-anchor, which was just above mo, to
prevent falling back again into the port-
hole, and seized hold of a woman who was
trying to get out at that same port-holo,
- I dragged her out. The ship was full
of .Tews, women, and people selling all
sorts of things. T threw the woman ^from
me, — and saw all the heads drop back
again in at the port-hole, for the ship had
got so much on her larboard side, that the
starboard port-holes were as upright as if
the men had tried to get out of the top
of a chimney with nothing for their legs
and feet to act upon. I threw the woman
from me, and just after that moment the
air that was between decks drafted out at
the port-holes very swiftly. It was quite
a huff of wind, and it blew my hat off, for
1 had all my clothes on, including my hat.
The ship then sunk in a moment. I tried
to swim, but I could not swim a morsel,
although r plunged as hard as I could both
hands and feet. The sinking of the ship
drew me down so, — indeed I think I
must have gone down within a yard as low-
as the ship did. When the ship touched
the bottom, the water boiled up a great
deal, and then 1 felt that I could swim,
and began to rise.
When I was about half way up to the
top of the water, I put my right hand on
the head of a man that was nearly exhaust-
ed. He wore long hair, ^s many of the
men at that time did; he tried to grapple
me, and he put his four fingers into my
right shoe alongside the outer edge of my
foot. I succeeded in kicking my shoe oil,
and, putting my hand on his shoulder, I
shoved him away, — I then rose to the
surface of the water.
At the time the ship was sinking, theie
was a barrel of tar on the starboard side
of her deck, and that had rolled to the
larboard and staved as the ship went down,
and when I rose to the top of the water
the tar was floating like fat on the top of
a boiler. I got the tar about my hair and
face, but I struck it away as well as
could, and when my head came above
water I heard the cannon ashore firing for
distress. I looked about me, and at the
distance of eight or ten yards from me I
saw the main topsail halyard block above
water; — the water was about thirteen fath-
oms deep, and at that time the tide Avas
coming in. I swam to the main topsail
halyard block, got on it, and sat upon it,
and there 1 rode. Tiie fore, main, and
mizen tops were all above water, as were
a part of the bowsprit and part of the en-
sign-staff, with the ensign upon it.
In going down, the main yard of tlie
Royal (leorge caught the boom of the rum-
ligliter and sunk her, and there is no doubt
that this made tVie Royal George more up-
right in the water when sunk than she
otherwise would have been, as she did not
lie much more on her beam ends than