As we slowly advanced up the bay, numerous canoes pushed off from the surrounding shores, and we were soon in the midst of quite a flotilla of them, their savage occupants struggling to get aboard of us, and jostling one another in their ineffectual attempts.
We had approached within a mile and a half perhaps of this foot of the bay, when some of the islanders, who by this time had managed to scramble aboard of us at the risk of swamping their canoes, directed our attention to a singular commotion in the water ahead of the vessel.
The ship taken, we could not do otherwise than yield ourselves prisoners, and for the whole period that she remained in the bay, the Dolly, as well as her crew, were completely in the hands of the mermaids.
In addition to the sails they had gotten out long sweeps, and the bay was being ploughed in every direction by the fleeing junks.
The exchange was made, and the salmon boat got up its spritsail and headed down the bay toward the marshes off San Rafael.
In a rough sea she would have inevitably swamped; but the wind, when it did blow, was off the land, and scarcely a ripple disturbed the surface of the bay.
The main-sheet tautened with a brisk rattling of the blocks, the boom uplifted, the sail bellied out, and the Reindeer heeled over--over, and over, till the lee-rail went under, the cabin windows went under, and the bay began to pour in over the cockpit rail.
Shortly after Captain Bonneville's ineffectual attempt to participate in the trade of the associated camp, the supplies of the Hudson's Bay
Company arrived; and the resident trader was enabled to monopolize the market.
But the bay
was as good as Frome's word, and we pushed on to the Junction through the wild white scene.
I say, good woman, do they grow many monkeys along the shores of that Bay of State?
Look you, Mistress Pitty—Patty Prettybones, mayhap I’m some such matter as a bear, as they will find who come to grapple with me; but dam’me if I’m a monkey— a thing that chatters without knowing a word of what it says—a parrot; that will hold a dialogue, for what an honest man knows, in a dozen languages; mayhap in the Bay of State lingo; mayhap in Greek or High Dutch.
Up the bay and into the River Tamar we motored through a solitude as unbroken as that which rested upon the waters of the Channel.
What was there here in Plymouth Bay to prevent an enemy landing in force and marching where they wished?
Like many bays
and seas around the world, the Chesapeake has been overwhelmed by the activities of human beings along its shores.
- The black-necked birds were clustered together at the water's edge, honking quietly in such low tones that from a distance it sounded like human muttering.