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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... ANCHOR IN VIGO BAY. 381 CHAPTER XX.
Homeward Bound. Leave St. Vincent--Head-winds aDd disagreeable
weather--Sight the coast of Spain--Anchor in Vigo Bay--The
city--Channel fleet-- Leave for England--Off Cape
Finisterre--Favourable run across the Bay of Biscay--The English
Channel--The coast of England --Anchor at Spithead
(Portsmouth)--Arrive at Sheerness--lfetrospect--Pay off at
Chatham--Parting--At home--The end. On the 26th April we left under
sail, homeward bound. When well clear from the land, we picked up
the trades, and ran on merrily through the Tropics towards the
Azores, full of the hope of speedily seeing the coast of England.
But we were too sanguine; for after meeting with strong and adverse
winds, our coal was soon consumed, and we were compelled eventually
to run into Vigo for a fresh supply. The coast of Spain was sighted
on the morning of the 20th May, and soon after we had exchanged the
rolling, turbulent sea for the quiet and placid waters of the Bay
of Vigo, which sweeps inland for more than 20 miles. We anchored
off the prettily situated town, which is built on the side of a
hill overlooking the broad expanse of water, where at the time of
our visit some half-dozen ironclads belonging to the Channel
squadron were at anchor, forming the centre of a scene Oriental in
its wealth of palms, orange groves, flowers, and orchards. Just
time enough was allowed for a scamper on shore, through the narrow,
steep, and winding streets of the town, and only a glimpse could be
had of its old walls and gates, its churches and quaint-looking
houses, of all shapes, sizes, and colours, in white, red, or green,
according to the taste of the owners. All this, with a charming
bright and sunny sky, and the pretty and picturesque dress of the
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