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Voyages To Various Parts Of The World, Made Between The Years 1799 And 1844.
Extracts from the private journal of George Coggeshall. Published in the year +1,851 Gregorian Calendar.
Blood and swash! The well-varnished life of a fighting gentleman aboard letters-of-marque, privateers, and assorted fighting-sail. Manliness in the name of God, Country, Glory, and the Prize... but mostly the Prize! This ain't no Love Boat cruise, no sir. One can almost smell the heady smoke of slow match drifting across the waist; can almost see the chase to leeward; can nearly feel the press of sail and the pitching of the deck.
"All wars have for their immediate object the annoyance of the enemy. Between maritime states, the destruction of each other's commerce is the aim of the belligerents."Round shot, grape shot, and bar shot, oh my! Spars and rigging carried away, leaks between wind and water, the pumps working day-and-night, and four hours of sleep between watches. Rather makes me glad I'm not a 'fore-the-mast seaman in the 1800s.
Journal Of Researches Into The Natural History And Geology Of The Countries Visited During The Voyage Of H.M.S. Beagle Bound The World, Under The Command Of Captian Fitz Roy, R.N.
By Charles Darwin, M.A., F.R.S., Author Of 'Origin Of Species,' Etc. Published 1860; New Edition, Published 1871.
I HAVE stated in the preface to the first Edition of this work, and in the Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, that it was in consequence of a wish expressed by Captain Fitz Roy, of having some scientific person on board, accompanied by an offer from him of giving up part of his own accommodations, that I volunteered my services, which received, through the kindness of the hydrographer, Captain Beaufort, the sanction of the Lords of the Admiralty. As I feel that the opportunities which I enjoyed of studying the Natural History of the different countries we visited, have been wholly due to Captain Fitz Roy, I hope I may here be permitted to repeat my expression of gratitude to him ; and to add that, during the five years we were together, I received from him the most cordial friendship and steady assistance. Both to Captain Fitz Roy and to all the Officers of the Beagle.I shall ever feel most thankful for the undeviating kindness with which I was treated during our long voyage.The .PDF file is the best version. It is 2,790,198 bytes.
This is not merely an amazing tale of hardship at sea and upon brutal, unforgiving shores: it is also the story of an amazing human being and his sorting out many of the mysteries regarding the story of life on Earth.