Travels In The United States Of America; Commencing In The Year 1793, And Ending In 1797. With The Author's Journals Of His Two Voyages Across The Atlantic By William Priest
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Thou Didst Direct The Gentlest Breath,
That O'er The Sleeping Waters Stole;
Thine Is The Dreadful Voice Of Death,
In Which Thy Angry Thunders Roll.
Father of all, 'tis thine to give,
Not what our erring pray'r demands;
With joy thy blessings we receive,
And bow submissive 'neath thy hand.
_Sept. 7th_. - First appearance of the gulf-weed. The trade wind, between
the Equator and the extent of the northern Tropic, setting from the
eastward, forces the water against the islands, and at length into the
gulf of Mexico where it meets with an uniform opposition from the
main, causing a strong current to the N.E., or points somewhat in that
direction. This stream is so violent as to tear up the sea weeds in the
gulf, and bear them as far to the north as latitude 44: the stream is soon
after absorbed in the Western ocean; but causes certain counter currents,
which, for want of being properly allowed for by mariners, have been the
causes of many shipwrecks.
_Sept. 8th_. - Fine morning; wind at W.S.W. A beautiful dolphin struck at
an artificial flying fish, hanging at our bow-sprit; the hook breaking, he
escaped; - continued playing round our bows for some time, and struck at
several flying fish; but we could not again tempt him with the artificial
_Mem_. To read this lesson once a month.
_Sept. 9th_. - Calm and fog, several flocks of wild fowl. Suppose ourselves
near the banks of Newfoundland.
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