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1831 Excerpt: ...seemed equally little inclined to rise or to sink,
we at last agreed that the very few men which she contained must
all have been killed by our very first broadside. We therefore
suspended all further hostilities during the remainder of the
night, purposing as soon as the dawn appeared to remove the dead
bodies, and to divide the spoil. The dawn at last did appear, and
as soon as it was sufficiently advanced to light up the scene,
showed to our straining eyes, in the object of the whole night's
strenuous fighting, a small rock in the sea, which, from the
peculiarity of its shape, actually bears the name of the Galley. We
regretted all the ball and powder wasted, and agreed not to boast
of our intrepidity: but our modesty was, in spite of our caution,
put to the blush. The whole island of Castelrosso had been alarmed
by the incessant firing; every part of the shore was lined with
spectators; and the moment we landed, they all crowded round our
party, and with loud cheers wished us joy for having silenced the
enemy. Having laden our wood, we pursued our voyage. It seemed an
eternity in duration. Our crew knew no other mode of sailing than
right before the wind; and the least cloud that arose made them put
into the first inlet they could reach, wholly heedless of the risk
of splitting upon a rock, or running aground upon a shoal. Coasting
from one headland to another, we slowly crept round every cape or
promontory on our way; and there scarce exists a single creek, I
believe, in or outside the Satalian bay, which we did not
successively visit. When the wind increased to what was called a
fortuna, the sailors could only think of praying and lighting
tapers before the panagia; and as soon as fair weather returned,
they could only dance and play upon the guitar; ...
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