What can they have to say to me?"--"Well, sir," says he, with a smile, "if you think yourself secure you must take your chance; but take my advice, if you do not put to sea immediately, you will the very next tide be attacked by five longboats full of men, and perhaps if you are taken you will be hanged for a pirate, and the particulars be examined afterwards.
Thus we made ready for fight; but all this while we kept out to sea, with wind enough, and could see the boats at a distance, being five large longboats, following us with all the sail they could make.
I must confess I was now very uneasy, and thought myself, including the late escape from the longboats, to have been in the most dangerous condition that ever I was in through my past life; for whatever ill circumstances I had been in, I was never pursued for a thief before; nor had I ever done anything that merited the name of dishonest or fraudulent, much less thievish.
"Eighteen days in the longboat," the Ancient Mariner shrilled, to Daughtry's startlement.
"Sea stewards put on some style, I must say," commented the wheat- farmer, oblivious to the Ancient Mariner, who still declaimed of the heat of the longboat.
And as he went up the cabin companion, he could hear the Ancient Mariner maundering: "Eighteen days in the longboat, eighteen days of scorching hell .
, with seven of the crew, was picked up eighteen days after by H.
Groslow, then, having given the sailor on duty an order to be on the watch with more than usual vigilance, went down into the longboat
and soon reached Greenwich.
Toward the middle of the platform the longboat
, half buried in the hull of the vessel, formed a slight excrescence.
After incredible labor we succeeded, at length, in getting the longboat
over the side without material accident, and into this we crowded the whole of the crew and most of the passengers.
There was a big French bark, the TOULON, becalmed off the atoll, which the islanders boarded after a sharp tussle and wrecked in the Lipau Passage, the captain and a handful of sailors escaping in the longboat
. Then there were the Spanish pieces, which told of the loss of one of the early explorers.
But our patron, warned by this disaster, resolved to take more care of himself for the future; and having lying by him the longboat
of our English ship that he had taken, he resolved he would not go a- fishing any more without a compass and some provision; so he ordered the carpenter of his ship, who also was an English slave, to build a little state-room, or cabin, in the middle of the long- boat, like that of a barge, with a place to stand behind it to steer, and haul home the main-sheet; the room before for a hand or two to stand and work the sails.