Some recollections by Captain Charles P. Low, commending the clipper ships "Houqua," "Jacob Bell," "Samuel Russell," and "N.B. Palmer," in the China trade, 1847-1873

9780217654104: Some recollections by Captain Charles P. Low, commending the clipper ships

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...He was short and stout, but very active and was always on the watch. We had a good crew and everything went on smoothly. The small compass gave us a great deal of trouble as it could not be seen distinctly day or night, but we managed to get along and in twenty days we crossed the line. This was the third voyage in which I had made the passage to the line in less than twenty-three days, a great run of luck. In twenty-nine days I was in the latitude of Rio Janeiro, and in the morning we made a large ship ahead, running in for that port. As we got near to her I made her out to be a seventy-four gun ship, the American line-of-battle ship, Ohio. I took in my skysail and royal, hauled up the mainsail and hoisted my ensign Union down, showing I was in distress and wanted a boat sent to me, but no attention whatever was paid to my signals. The Ohio was just back from a long voyage and in a hurry to get to port. When I arrived in San Francisco I sent a protest to my brothers, and they sent it to Washington, but I never heard that anything came of it. I was very angry for I wanted one or more compasses to take me around the Horn. Two days afterwards I spoke a ship loaded with passengers, some three hundred or more. She hove to for me, and my mate went on board and returned with two fine, new compasses, which the captain loaned to me, only requesting me to leave them with his consignees at San Francisco. I regret that my journal of this voyage was lost and that I cannot remember the name of the Captain or ship. I left the compasses as desired, but he had not arrived before I left. We were now getting into waters that I had never sailed in before and had no experience in. The barometer was unusually low and I lost some days in rounding the Horn, from...

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