Soon afterwards, while sailing quietly at night, we found ourselves suddenly near a small coasting vessel
, also without lights, which all at once treated us to a volley of rifle fire.
Another time I placed myself at a warehouse by the waterside, where the coasting vessels
from the north come, such as from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland, and other places.
It allowed coasting vessels
to pass in and out of the docks at any state of the tide.