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Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849
Description: - "[...]master was at the wheel; the captain stood by to con and to direct his steering. At one fearful crisis, every blast threatened to shiver a sail, or to carry away a spar, and a single false movement of the helmsman, or the slightest want of steadiness or of obedience on the part of any man on duty, would have been fatal to the life of every one on board. As they drifted on their path There was silence deep as death, And the boldest held his breath For a time. When the danger was over, the captain thanked the officers and men for their conduct, and gave a snuff-box with five guineas in it to the quarter-master, in admiration of his steady head and iron nerves.[...]".
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