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Captain Cook Before the return of these ships, another expedition was determined on, the immediate object of which was to observe a transit of Venus which it had been calculated by astronomers would occur in 1769.
William Henry Giles Kingston Before the return of these ships, another expedition was determined on, the immediate object of which was to observe a transit of Venus which it had been calculated by astronomers would occur in 1769.
William Henry Giles Kingston The continent of America, if the stony records of the Past are read aright, claims to be the oldest instead of the newest portion of the globe. Bowing to this opinion of geologists till they see cause to express a different one, in consequence, commence the survey of the world and its inhabitants with the Western Hemisphere.
William Henry Giles Kingston In this book the hero, fresh from school, arrives from England, and joins his uncle, who is a trader with the people of central Africa, bringing the goods obtained down to the south. On this occasion they have been attacked soon after they set out by natives led by Boers. In order to complete their journey to central Africa they decide to return with the few animals left to them, horses and an ox, over the Kalahari Desert. Unfortunately they encamp one night in a place infested with the tsetse flies, which kills the horses. Shortage of water and attacks by various wild beasts such as elephants and a hippopotamus, are some of the adventures described. Adventures they have in plenty, almost too many, for one of their number is killed. They also kill far too many animals, as was the custom in Victorian times.
William Henry Giles Kingston In the Wilds of Florida is a tale of an Irish schoolboy who leaves school and his struggling family in Ireland to come to America. He experiences a Florida where fighting still erupts between Cherokee and Seminole Indians, where white people are under threat of Indian attack, and the landscape is mostly swamp or plains of dense brush.
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William Henry Giles Kingston A dense mist hung over the ocean; the sky above our heads was of a grey tint; the water below our feet of the colour of lead. Not a ripple disturbed its mirror-like surface, except when now and then a covey of flying fish leaped forth to escape from their pursuers, or it was clove by the fin of a marauding shark. We knew that we were not far off the coast of Africa, some few degrees to the south of the Equator; but how near we were we could not tell, for the calm had continued for several days, and a strong current, setting to the eastward, had been rapidly drifting us toward the shore.
William Henry Giles Kingston Ths journal fiom winch, the following narrative is taken was put into my bands nearly twenty years ago by a well-known naval officer, now himself an admiral (the grandson of the author) with full permission to publish it in any way I judged best. The gallant writer of this journal rose to be an admiral, and was well known for his social qualities and for the humour with which he used to narrate the stirringjincidents of his naval career, several of which I had the advantage of hearing in addition to the perusal of that voluminous log which he preserved through many a shipwreck and numberless other accidents of his adventurous life on the ocean. As the journal itself would not, I conceived, have proved interesting to those for whom I have been accustomed to write, had I published it in its crude state, I took advantage of the permission I had received to make such emendations and additions as I thought were calculated to render it acceptable to them.
William Henry Giles Kingston The night brought relief from the heat, and hope revived; but when morning returned, again the suffering crew had to endure the scorching rays of the sun, from which even the shade cast by the sails afforded them but inadequate shelter. The chips from the carpenter’s bench which had been thrown overboard still lay alongside; while the creaking of the yards and blocks, and the slight splashing sound as the vessel moved from side to side by the now scarcely perceptible undulations of the broad Atlantic, alone broke the silence which, reigned over the watery expanse on which she floated. Norah—a fair and beautiful girl, who, though scarcely sixteen summers had passed over her head, had already the appearance, and what was to her of the greatest consequence, the calm resolution of more mature age—stopping for a moment in her employment, looked up with an inquiring glance from her blue eyes towards the first mate, who had just then, hat in hand, entered the cabin.
William Henry Giles Kingston The basic story-line is that there is a fort in the Hudson Bay Territory that needs some stores and materials to be sent to it from another fort about 150 miles away. The journey could be done by canoe, but there are none available at this time. So a party of people are sent overland to fetch what is required.