captain margaret

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Ill OUTWARDS 1 And we are bound to New Barbary With all our whole ship's company.' Captain Glen. ' I have a vessel riding forth, gentlemen, And I can tell you she carries a letter of mart. What say you now to make you all adventurers ? You shall have fair dealing, that I'll promise you.' A Cure for a Cuckold. A FTER supper, the party went on deck again, to see the last of their country. The two mates, who had their cabins in the after 'tween-decks, where they messed, had made all ready for getting under way. The hands walked to and fro about the fo'c's'le, waiting for the order. The last bum-boat had shoved off for the shore, having sold her last onion and last box of red herrings. Snatches of song came aft to the poop. It was slack water; the sea seemed to be marking time. Already, further up the harbour, a schooner had swung athwart the stream. One or two boats were hoisting their foresails, ready to catch the first ebb. The sun was still strong in the heavens ; there was more than an hour of day to come. ' We may as well up hook,' said Cammock, if you'll say the word, sir.' ' All ready, captain,' said Margaret. c We'll go as soon as you like.' ' Right,' said Cammock, bustling forward to the poop-rail. ' Hands up anchor, bosun.' The boatswain's pipe made the call. The fo'c's'le was thronged with hurrying sailors. The trumpeter at the gangway blew a flourish, and sounded his ' Loath to depart.' The men cheered as the bars were shipped. The waisters tended on the messenger with their nippers. Slowly the pawls began to click as the men strained round, heaving on tiptoe. The two capstans hove in, moving the cable. All down the 'tween-decks rang the snapping creak of a cable at a shaking strain. Some one at one of the bars, down in the half-darkness, ...
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