Six feet water in the hold, sir! That would not have been a
pleasant announcement to the captain of the 'Aurora' at any time,
but its unpleasantness was vastly increased by the fact that it
greeted him near the termination of what had been, up to that point
of time, an exceedingly prosperous voyage. "Are you sure, Davis?"
asked the captain; "try again." He gave the order under the
influence of that feeling which is styled "hoping against hope,"
and himself accompanied the ship's carpenter to see it obeyed. "Six
feet two inches," was the result of this investigation. The vessel,
a large English brig, had sprung a leak, and was rolling heavily in
a somewhat rough sea off the east coast of Africa.
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