This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II THE LOSS OF THE STORE-SHIP "WAGER" And The Sufferings Of Its Chew Through Five Years Of Wandering And Imprisonment Br John Byron The grandfather of Lord Byron, the poet, was Vice Admiral John Byron of the Royal Navy. Shortly after entering the service, young Byron was serving as midshipman on the store-ship Wager when that vessel was lost on the bleak and desolate coast of Patagonia, May 14, 1741. After extreme miseries from hunger, cold, and exhaustion, the survivors were guided by some Indians to the island of Chiloe, but only to fall into the hands of the Spaniards, by whom they were imprisoned for several years. Byron finally reached England in February, 1745-6, old style, having heard nothing from home in all that interval. In 1768, Byron published a "Narrative Containing an Account of the Great Distresses Suffered by Himself and His Companions on the Coast of Patagonia." This supplied some hints for the shipwreck scene in "Don Juan," whose author compares the plight of his hero "to those related in my grand-dad's 'Narrative.'" In this case, however, truth was indeed stranger than fic 65 tion; for the grandfather's actual experiences were far more harrowing than the fictitious sufferings of the emotional Don. (Editor.) THE Wager man-of-war, one of the ships attached to Commodore Anson's enterprise, had been an Indiaman, and was deeply laden with all kinds of stores, naval and military, crowded with bale-goods, and encumbered with merchandise. Thus circumstanced, she sailed with difficulty; and her crew consisted of men dispirited by the prospects before them, and worn out with past fatigues. It is not, then, to be wondered that Captain Kid, under whose command she sailed out of port, should, in his last moments, presage her ill success, though n...
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