The Wind Was Against Us, And We Did Not Get On Very Fast; But I
Enjoyed The Novel Scene The Next Day, And Passed All My Time On
Deck, Watching The Sailors And The Passengers, And Noticing The
Difference Between Englishmen And Americans.
On Sunday it was very cold, and the wind, still contrary, rose
higher and higher; it was impossible to set any sail, but I still
kept on deck, and thus avoided sickness.
Soon after breakfast I saw
a white foam rising in different places occasionally, and was told
that it was whales spouting; I saw a great number, and enjoyed it
highly. Presently some one called out, "An iceberg!" and, far off
against the sky, I saw this floating wonder. It was very beautiful;
such a dazzling white, so calm and majestic, and so lonely; it was
shaped, as I thought, like an old cathedral, but others thought like
a sleeping lion, taking what I called the ruined tower for his head
Soon after this, the man on the lookout cried, "Steamship America;"
and in a few moments more we saw her coming swiftly towards us with
her sails all set, for the wind was fair for her. Captain Leitch
then told me that he should stop his vessel and send a boat on
board, and that he would send a letter by it if I would write one
quickly; to others he said the same thing. In a moment the deck was
cleared, and in a few more moments all had returned with their
letters; and never was there a more beautiful sight than these two
fine steamers manoeuvring to stop at a respectful distance from each
other; then our little boat was lowered, and O, how pretty it was to
see her dancing over the rough waves to the other steamer!
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