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.
I would have given the captain (one Theodorus Vangrult) what he pleased to ask for my voyage
to Holland; but understanding I was a surgeon, he was contented to take half the usual rate, on condition that I would serve him in the way of my calling.
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.
It is hard to say; for in that voyage from which no man returns Landfall and Departure are instantaneous, merging together into one moment of supreme and final attention.
I have read with ardour the accounts of the various voyages
which have been made in the prospect of arriving at the North Pacific Ocean through the seas which surround the pole.
Although, as a general case, a ship unlucky in falling in with whales continues to cruise after them until she has barely sufficient provisions remaining to take her home, turning round then quietly and making the best of her way to her friends, yet there are instances when even this natural obstacle to the further prosecution of the voyage
is overcome by headstrong captains, who, bartering the fruits of their hard-earned toils for a new supply of provisions in some of the ports of Chili or Peru, begin the voyage
afresh with unabated zeal and perseverance.
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.
I embraced the offer; and entering into a strict friendship with this captain, who was an honest, plain-dealing man, I went the voyage
with him, and carried a small adventure with me, which, by the disinterested honesty of my friend the captain, I increased very considerably; for I carried about 40 pounds in such toys and trifles as the captain directed me to buy.
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?
As they proceeded on their voyage
and got into the smooth seas and pleasant weather of the tropics, other annoyances occurred to vex the spirit of the captain.