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11 Noon Alceste anchor appearance August Barom became boat called calm Captain Maxwell carried chiefs China clear close cloudy coast continued Corea direction distance dress east Eastward eight English examine expressed fathoms feet five formed four fresh gave give Gulf half hand harbour head hill horizon horizon observed Hour island July land latitude leagues light Long longitude Loo-choo looked Lyra manner Mean midnight miles moderate breeze morning Napakiang natives nearly night observed passed person present Prince probably quarter rain reefs remained remarkable respect rock round seemed seen September shewed shifted ship shore short side soundings taken Thermom thing to-day took trees village walk weather whole wind wish Yellow Sea
105 ページ - The examination of a coral reef, during the different stages of one tide, is particularly interesting. When the tide has left it for some time, it becomes dry, and appears to be a compact rock, exceedingly hard and...
196 ページ - The other chiefs called alongside on their way to the frigate, but went on when I told them that I was just going to the Alceste myself. In the mean time Madera came on board, with the sextant in his hand; he was in such distress that he scarcely knew what he was about In this distracted state he sat down to breakfast with...
153 ページ - Madera is about twenty-eight years of age, of a slender figure and very active; his upper teeth project in front over the lower ones, giving his face a remarkable, but not a disagreeable expression. He is always cheerful, and often lively and playful, but his good sense prevents his ever going beyond the line of strict propriety. When required by etiquette to be grave, no one is so immoveably serious as Madera, and when mirth rules the hour, he is the gayest of the gay : such indeed is his taste...
107 ページ - The growth of coral appears to cease when the worm is no longer exposed to the washing of the sea. Thus, a reef rises in the form of a cauliflower till the top has gained the level of the highest tides, above which the animalcules have no power to advance, and the reef of course no longer extends upwards.
203 ページ - As these papers were called by the people wearing them, " hoonatee," and as " ho6nee" means ship, Mr. Clifford has , conjectured that they may have been written passes to enable them to enter the gate on the ship's business. We saw no arms of any kind, and the natives always declared that they had none.
196 ページ - My friend, my friend ! To me he gave a fan and a picture of an old man looking up at the sun, drawn, he said, by himself: he probably meant in his picture some allusion to my usual occupation at the observatory. After he had put off in his boat, he called out " Ingeree noo choo sibittee yootoosha," I shall ever remember the English people.
152 ページ - Madera has made great improvement in English, and his character is altogether more developed. He is quite at his ease in our company, and seems to take the most extraordinary, interest in every thing belonging to us ; but his ardent desire to inform himself on all subjects sometimes distresses him a good deal; he observes the facility with which we do some things, and his...
20 ページ - ... him. He ordered an attendant to pour it into several bowls, and putting the bottle away, made signs for us to drink, but would not taste it himself till all of us had been served. He was nowise discomposed at being obliged to entertain his company at their own expense; on the contrary, he carried off the whole affair with so much cheerfulness and ease, as to make...
103 ページ - It was interesting to observe, indeed, how early the gentle and engaging manners of all classes here won upon the sailors no lea* than upon the officers. The natives from the first were treated with entire confidence : no watch was ever kept over them, nor were they excluded from any part of the ships; and not only was nothing stolen, but when any thing was lost, nobody even suspected for an instant that it had been taken by them.