For he assured me, that if the secret should be discovered by my countrymen the Dutch, they would cut my throat in the voyage
I am about to proceed on a long and difficult voyage
, the emergencies of which will demand all my fortitude: I am required not only to raise the spirits of others, but sometimes to sustain my own, when theirs are failing.
Even before visiting the Marquesas, I had heard from men who had touched at the group on former voyages some revolting stories in connection with these savages; and fresh in my remembrance was the adventure of the master of the Katherine, who only a few months previous, imprudently venturing into this bay in an armed boat for the purpose of barter, was seized by the natives, carried back a little distance into their valley, and was only saved from a cruel death by the intervention of a young girl, who facilitated his escape by night along the beach to Nukuheva.
That my reasons for resolving to take this step were numerous and weighty, may be inferred from the fact that I chose rather to risk my fortunes among the savages of the island than to endure another voyage on board the Dolly.
Though some of the passengers had much to gain by the voyage
, none of them had anything positively to lose.
I have myself published separate volumes on the 'Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs;' on the 'Volcanic Islands visited during the Voyage
of the Beagle;' and on the 'Geology of South America.
We travelled up to London by the same train; but by the time I had managed to get through with my examination the ship had sailed on her next voyage
without him, and, instead of joining her again, I went by request to see my old commander in his home.
Monck Mason (whose voyage
from Dover to Weilburg in the balloon, "Nassau," occasioned so much excitement in 1837,) conceived the idea of employing the principle of the Archimedean screw for the purpose of propulsion through the air - rightly attributing the failure of Mr.
Now, as those polar fisheries could only be prosecuted in the short summer of that climate, so that the whole cruise of one of these Dutch whalemen, including the short voyage
to and from the Spitzbergen sea, did not much exceed three months, say, and reckoning 30 men to each of their fleet of 180 sail, we have 5,400 Low Dutch seamen in all; therefore, I say, we have precisely two barrels of beer per man, for a twelve weeks' allowance, exclusive of his fair proportion of that 550 ankers of gin.
It was about the last day of our outward voyage
by the largest computation; some time that night, or at latest before noon of the morrow, we should sight the Treasure Island.
The ship had to stay a week or more at Gibraltar to take in coal for the home voyage
I had not such bad luck in this voyage
as I had been used to meet with, and therefore shall have the less occasion to interrupt the reader, who perhaps may be impatient to hear how matters went with my colony; yet some odd accidents, cross winds and bad weather happened on this first setting out, which made the voyage
longer than I expected it at first; and I, who had never made but one voyage
, my first voyage
to Guinea, in which I might be said to come back again, as the voyage
was at first designed, began to think the same ill fate attended me, and that I was born to be never contented with being on shore, and yet to be always unfortunate at sea.
In this way he passed on, until he supposed himself safely through the region of danger; when he resumed his voyage
in the open day.
THAT evil influence which carried me first away from my father's house - which hurried me into the wild and indigested notion of raising my fortune, and that impressed those conceits so forcibly upon me as to make me deaf to all good advice, and to the entreaties and even the commands of my father - I say, the same influence, whatever it was, presented the most unfortunate of all enterprises to my view; and I went on board a vessel bound to the coast of Africa; or, as our sailors vulgarly called it, a voyage
Why upon your first voyage
as a passenger, did you yourself feel such a mystical vibration, when first told that you and your ship were now out of sight of land?