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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small vessels often do when left dry on a
hank of mud.
When I got on the main topsail halyard
block I saw the admiral's baker in the
shrouds of the mizen-topmast, and directly
after that the woman whom I had pulled
out of the port-hole came rolling by: I
said to the baker, who was an Irishman
named Robert Cleary, 'Bob, reach out your
hand and catch hold of that woman; —
that is a woman I pulled out at the port-
hole, I dare say she is not dead.' He
said 'I dare say she is dead enough; it is
of no use to catch hold of her.' I replied,
'I dare say she is not dead.' He caught
hold of the woman and hung her head over
one of the ratUns of the mizen shrouds,
and there she hung by her chin, which was
hitched over the ratlin, but a surf came
and knocked her backwards, and away she
went rolling over and over. A captain of
a frigate which was lying at Spithead came
up in as boat as fast as he could. I dashed
out my left hand in a direction towards the
woman as a sign to him. He saw it, and
saw the woman. His men left off rowing,
and they pulled the woman aboard their
boat and laid her on one of the thwarts.
The captain of the frigate called out to
me, 'My man, 1 must take care of those
that are in more danger than you.' I said
'1 am safely moored now, Sir.' There was
a seaman named Hibbs hanging by his two
hands from the main-stay; his name was
Abel Hibbs, but he was called Monny, and
as he hung from the main-stay the sea
washed over him every now and then as
much as a yard deep over his head, and
when he saw it coming he roared out:
however, he was but a fool for that, for if
he had kept himself quiet he would not
liave wasted his strength, and would have
been able to take the chance of holding
on so much the longer. The captain of
the frigate had his boat rowed to the main-
stay, but they got the stay over part of the
liead of the boat and were in great danger
befox'e they got Hibbs on board. The cap-
tain of the frigate then got ail the men
that were in the different parts of the rig-
ging, including myself and the baker, into
his boat and took us on board the Victory,
where the doctors recovered the woman,
but she was very ill for three or four days.
On board the Victory I saw the body of
the carpenter, lying on the hearth before
tlie galley fire; some women were trying
lo recover him, but he was quite dead.
The captain of the Royal George, who
could not swim, was picked up and saved
by one of our seamen. The lieutenant of
the watch, I believe, was drowned. The
number of persons who lost their lives I
cannot state with any degree of accuracy,
because of there being so many women,
and other persons on board who did not
belong to the ship. The complement of
the ship was nominally 1000 men, but it
was not full. Some were ashore, and sixty
marines had gone ashore that morning.
The government allowed 5i. each to the
seamen who were on board, and not drown-
ed, for the loss of their things. I saw the
list, and tliere were only seventy-five.
This distinguished, but unfortunate navi-
gator, to whom we owe the greater part
of the knowledge that we possess of the
regions scattered throughout the immense
Pacific Ocean, was the son of a farm-ser-
vant in the country of York, where he
was born in the year seventeen hundred
and twenty eight. Being one of a family
of nine children, he experienced great
hardships in his early years, and was only
a common seaman at the age of thirty.
His character, however, and his extraordi-
nary capacity, at that time becoming known,
he was rapidly promoted; and was sent on
a voyage round the globe, in one thousand
seven hundred and sixty eight. He return-
ed successful from this and a succeeding
voyage, shedding a lustre over the early
part of the reign of George the Third, by
the discoveries which he had made. But
in his third voyage he fell a victim to the
rage of unpitying savages. His ship had
been for some time on the coast of the
island of O^vyhee, and several disputes
had taken place with the natives, when
Captain Cook, in order to compel them to
restore some articles of which they had
plundered the ship, imprudently went
ashore with a very few men. At first, no
signs of hostility were observed among the
natives; but they soon began to assemble
in great numbers, armed with long spears,
clubs, and daggers, and gradually surround-
ed the httle party. Captain Cook now
determined on returning to his vessel, and
had got without opposition to the beach,
when an Indian threw a stone at him. A
scuffle ensued, and the sailors, after firing
upon the natives, gained the boats, the cap-
tain alone being left behind. He soon fell
under the daggers and clubs ofthe Indians,
who dragged his body up the rocks, and
mangled it in a dreadful manner. Some
fragments of his remains were found a few