I saw each of them swell up the misty line of the horizon, far, far away beyond the derelict brig, and the next moment, with a slight friendly toss of our boat, it had passed under us and was gone.
The captain was expatiating in a low conversational tone to the chief mate upon the danger of these derelicts, and upon his dread of coming upon them at night, when suddenly a man forward screamed out, "There's people on board of her, sir!
The fact that a coastguard was the first on board may save some complications later on, in the Admiralty Court, for coastguards cannot claim the salvage which is the right of the first civilian entering on a derelict. Already, however, the legal tongues are wagging, and one young law student is loudly asserting that the rights of the owner are already completely sacrificed, his property being held in contravention of the statues of mortmain, since the tiller, as emblemship, if not proof, of delegated possession, is held in a dead hand.
I shall send, in time for your next issue, further details of the derelict ship which found her way so miraculously into harbour in the storm.
9 August.--The sequel to the strange arrival of the derelict in the storm last night is almost more startling than the thing itself.
"I've known a derelict up-end and sift her engines out of herself and flicker round the Lower Lanes for three weeks on her forward tanks only.
The derelict's forehead is punched in, starred across, and rent diagonally.
," was the terse explanation of the officer of the watch.
We ask ourselves if that derelict
could ever have held goodly merchandise or served a high emprize, co-operated in some defence, held up the trappings of a throne, or borne away the corpse of a monarchy.
Instead, he reloaded his revolver very carefully, and then sat in the best room of the cottage by the derelict
brickfield, looking anxious and perplexed, and listening to talk about Bill and his ways, and thinking, thinking.
Slowly the long line of derelicts
, of birds of prey, of sorry, weak failures, passed before the seat of judgment.
He wasn't much like the usual run of derelicts
who used to come out to P.E.I.
Other men swallowed water, here a mouthful, there a pint, anon, maybe, a quart or so, and returned to the shore like foundering derelicts
. George's mouth had all the exclusiveness of a fashionable club.
Mauretania once, and saying to the Captain--Richards--did you know him?--'Now tell me what perils you really dread most for your ship, Captain Richards?' expecting him to say icebergs, or derelicts
, or fog, or something of that sort.
Perhaps a century hence the Atlantic may still be dotted with the old drifting derelicts