Stanzas by Mrs. Howitt.--Caspian Sea.--Astracan.--Droll Legend.--Yellow Sea.--The Japanese.--Monsoons.--Trade Winds.--Description of a Monsoon.--Asia.--The Red Sea.--Isthmus of Suez.--An Interesting Locality.--The Arabs.--Sea of Aral.--Chinese Islands.--Fishing for Mice.--The Typhon.--Fishing Birds.--Cinnamon Forests.--Eating Birds' Nests.--Bible Lands.--The Sea of Galilee.--The Dead Sea.--The Slave Merchant.--A Japan Puzzle CHAPTER V. Story of Era.--Assistance of Goodwill.--Madeira.--Man-of-War.--Dinner on Ship-board.--Computing Latitude.--Pipe to Dinner.--The Azores.-- Newfoundland.--Newfoundland Dogs.--Greenland.--Whale Fishing.--Flying Fish.--A Ship In the Polar Regions.--An Awful Sight.--The Geysers.
"And there we hunted the walrus, The narwhale, and the seal: Ha! '
A whale- ship was pinched there once, but the men, who had made shore over the ice, pulled out for the south and were never heard of.
Wright's paintings--Thalestris Autumnal scene--Dervise procession--Lady in full dress--Lady on a precipice--Palace in the sea--Vegetable lamb--Whale-- Sensibility--Mountain-scene by night--Lady drinking water--Lady and cauldron--Medea and AEson--Forlorn nymph Galatea on the sea--Lady frozen to a statue CANTO II.
They rode a short distance up the river to the Whaleback, a small island shaped, as its name indicated, like a whale's back.
These whalebacks have a very important part to play in internal navigation.
In a week the whaleboat was put together, and a small skiff also built.
After making observations of the bar, which appeared to be practicable for whaleboats in moderate weather if the wind be south of west, we returned along the south shore of the estuary, which is about one and a half mile long and half a mile wide; it does not appear to be of any great depth.
The Whalebone Whales lead a peaceful, happy life, though not without dangers.
Dum moliuntur, dum comuntur annus est: a gardener takes not so much delight and pains in his garden, a horseman to dress his horse, scour his armour, a mariner about his ship, a merchant his shop and shop-book, as they do about their faces, and all those other parts: such setting up with corks, straightening with whalebones; why is it, but as a day-net catcheth larks, to make young men stoop unto them?
Yet in that prison, where blood flows profusely, and the limbs of those human beings are subjected to perpetual torture, the frightful, the nauseous, the disgusting--except that all other feelings are lost in pity towards the victim and indignation against the oppressor--sight was presented of a leper, scarred from the eruptions of disease on his legs and previous mistreatment, whaled again and again, and his blood again made to flow from the jailer's lash.
It would appear, from the vast number killed, that this successful fishing must refer to the morse or horse-whale, not to the ordinary large whale.--E. In the original, the broad and comparatively fertile part of Norway is said to be in the east: the correction adopted in the text is obvious and necessary.--E. In former translations, this passage is: "opposite to this land, to the south, is Sueoland."
And when we came to Davis Strait Where the mountains flowed with snow, We tacked about all in the north Till we heard the whalefish blow.
"I have heard a New Bedford whaleman say that he could not forget his eyes," said Captain Scarrow.
Such a catastrophe is of not unfrequent occurrence, when whalemen thus towed by a whale are tempted to hold on too long; and many instances have happened of boats and their crews being in this way dragged under water and lost.
I'm afraid Mr. Whalen will be furious.
"Not a bit of it, youngster; they're safe enough, I'll warrant," replied the captain, as his own boat flew past the spot, towed by the whale.--"Pay out, Amos Parr; give him line, or he'll tear the bows out of us."
No ship, except perhaps a very powerful steam whaler, could live in it.
Against all whalers, indeed, he cherished the unmitigated detestation of a true man-of-war’s man.
I remember reading that there are three sorts of whales--the finback, the right whale, and the sperm whale; but I should like to hear how they are caught."
In former times Nantucket numbered as many whaleships belonging to her port, as did any town on our seaboard.
Whaleshlps of New Bedford.
There was a reason why just now Whaley should give his wife much care and affection.
The canoe was nearly new, it measured eighteen feet in length, and two in breadth, and would easily carry eight persons; the sides were supported by two poles fastened to the gunwhale by strips of a climbing plant (Flagellaria indica), that grows abundantly hereabouts, and with which also the ends of the canoe were neatly, and even tastefully joined; the poles were spanned together on either side by rope constructed of strips of bark.