Latitude and longitude, noon every day; and how many miles we made last twenty-four hours; and all the domino games I beat and horse billiards; and whales and sharks and porpoises; and the text of the sermon Sundays (because that'll tell at home, you know); and the ships we saluted and what nation they were; and which way the wind was, and whether there was a heavy sea, and what sail we carried, though we don't ever carry any, principally, going against a head wind always--wonder what is the reason of that?--and how many lies Moult has told--Oh, every thing!
"There they are, down there every night at eight bells, praying for fair winds--when they know as well as I do that this is the only ship going east this time of the year, but there's a thousand coming west--what's a fair wind for us is a head wind to them--the Almighty's blowing a fair wind for a thousand vessels, and this tribe wants him to turn it clear around so as to accommodate one--and she a steamship at that!
On the first of June the ship got under way, and dropped down to Baker's Bay, where she was detained for a few days by a head wind
; but early in the morning of the fifth stood out to sea with a fine breeze and swelling canvas, and swept off gaily on her fatal voyage, from which she was never to return!
It was a dark night, and a strong head wind
A head wind
had set in with unpleasant damp weather.
For as in this world, head winds
are far more prevalent than winds from astern (that is, if you never violate the Pythagorean maxim), so for the most part the Commodore on the quarter-deck gets his atmosphere at second hand from the sailors on the forecastle.
We were coming out of the ice-pack on our way home, with head winds
and a week's southerly gale, when we picked up a little craft that had been blown north.
Another head wind
, according to Kreider, is “more structural.” He says the long-running bull market in equities has left investors, in general, less focused on defensive funds and capital preservation.