Charley was off in his battleship, cruising
somewhere on the Caribbean sea.
With a fair, fresh wind, the Pequod was now drawing nigh to these straits; Ahab purposing to pass through them into the Javan sea, and thence, cruising
northwards, over waters known to be frequented here and there by the Sperm whale, sweep inshore by the Philippine Islands, and gain the far coast of Japan, in time for the great whaling season there.
So we took a man-of- war, and a suite of two hundred and sixty persons, and went cruising
about, and after a fortnight of this we stepped ashore on the French coast, and the doctors thought it would be a good idea to make something of a stay there.
We stayed, however, in this place from the latter end of July to the beginning of September, when having provided ourselves with other vessels, we set out for Cochim, and landed there after a very hazardous and difficult passage, made so partly by the currents and storms which separated us from each other, and partly by continual apprehensions of the English and Dutch, who were cruising
for us in the Indian seas.
This convoy was to go to Cadiz, but the Admiral, hearing that an English fleet was cruising
in those waters, resolved to make for a French port.
As I have said, I know nothing of racing and but little of fore-and-aft rig; but the advantages of such a rig are obvious, especially for purposes of pleasure, whether in cruising
Yes, reader, as I live, six months out of sight of land; cruising
after the sperm-whale beneath the scorching sun of the Line, and tossed on the billows of the wide-rolling Pacific--the sky above, the sea around, and nothing else
If so be that they took count of the color of the skin in heaven, why, they might refuse to muster on their books a Christian-born, like myself, just for the matter of a little tan, from cruising
in warm latitudes; though, for the matter of that, this damned norwester is enough to whiten the skin of a blackamore.
The commodore having received from a high official source assurance of the deep interest which the government took in the enterprise, sent directions to Captain Hull, at that time cruising
off the harbor, in the frigate Constitution, to afford the Tonquin the required protection when she should put to sea.
So would you if your only pleasure was in cruising
about to find some new Cannibal Islands, and you had to stick on this muddy little rockery in a sort of rustic pond.
His recent disastrous success had convinced him that neither Ithaca nor any other abode of civilization was a safe place to continue his experiments, but it was not until their cruising
had brought them among the multitudinous islands of the East Indies that the plan occurred to him that he finally adopted--a plan the outcome of which could he then have foreseen would have sent him scurrying to the safety of his own country with the daughter who was to bear the full brunt of the horrors it entailed.
Then, too, Dad belonged to the Royal Hawaiian Yacht Club, and took us racing and cruising