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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ... matters of boating,
fishing, and fowling, Captain Blueno3e. This old man's real name
was Peter Voss. He was a Laaland man. He had served, I think, as a
"powder monkey," but at any rate as a boy, on board one of the
Danish frigates in the Copenhagen sea-fight of 1807. An unlucky
shot from some English ship had fired the Dane's magazine, doing
dreadful mischief, and blowing poor little Peter, as he phrased it,
"like a feather" up the hatchway. The child was not maimed nor
blinded; but a quantity of the loose gunpowder was blown into his
face, and disfigured him for life, producing the effect of a
ghastly and indelible tattooing. Hence, Peter Voss received the
nickname of Bluenose, which stuck to him to the last. He had been
man-of-war's-man, smuggler, boatswain of an Indiaman, a Singapore
pilot, mate of an opiutn clipper, and what not. At last he had come
back, well to do, from the far East; had married the heiress of a
small Schleswig farmer, and succeeded in right of his wife to the
farm. But he had never quite divorced himself from the blue water
on which his best years had been spent. He was still master and
owner of a tidy sloop, lying at Kappel, and made many a profitable
cruise, selling grain and bullocks among the islands, and bringing
back eiderdown, salt fish, wool, and Norway spars. Hence he was
always called Schipper Blauness, a name which I Anglicised into
Captain Bluenose, much to its owner's satisfaction. For the tough
old seaman bore no grudge to the Britons for his own share of the
defeat which "Nelson and the North " inflicted on Prince
Frederick's fleet. If we English had not seized the ships, he was
wont to say, the French would, and he was rather proud, than
otherwise, of the manly resistance which had been offered to...
|Country of origin:
John Berwick Harwood
||246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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