The Young Islanders
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Jean Taylor
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. What do you think of that, young gentlemen ? The fact was, as I afterwards learned, that Crawley had no sooner succeeded in getting all his victims on board The Golightly, than he leaped out unobserved, and, according to the plan, long laid, he cast loose the rope by which she was moored to the wharf, and thus set the vessel adrift under a slight land breeze, which insensibly bore her into open water. The wind then rather freshened, and hummered amongst the rigging. The Golightly, as much her own manager, now, as her wild young crew ever desired to be, wheeled about as she turned the pier-head, and making her last courtesy to the land, swung again round to the wind: and now, being without the stay or guidance of sails and helm, she pitched and rolled, and got into the trough of the sea. Her keel then caught " The Hook," as it was calledan angle of rock that was always visible at low water: and as The Golightly struggled with this entanglement, she shookfrom her sides thirteen of her fated young intruders.' Their shriek rings in my ears even now: yet it was soon hushed, and nothing was heard but the hissing of the recumbent wave, which crouched for an instant, ere with renewed fury it mounted the ship's side for its further prey, and sweeping over the deck, carried away nine more of our number, without time for a prayer, or even for a cry ! Had the vessel remained there a few minutes longer, we should all have shared the same fate, and the tale of Miles Selwyn would never have seen the light: but the still rising tide, and the force of the wave, presently lifted the vessel from the rock: then again she wheeled and rolled, but was no longer broken over by the sea, and she drifted away gaily, under the direction of the wind, with her wretched company of helpless y...