Blow the Man Down; A Romance of the Coast
by Holman Day (9781150337024)

Blow the Man Down; A Romance of the Coast
Holman Day
Release Date: 22 December 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 294
Category: Romance
ISBN: 9781150337024
ISBN-10: 1150337028

General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1916 Original Publisher: Harper Subjects: Fiction / Romance / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: Ill THE TAVERN OF THE SEAS Now, Mister Macliver, you knows him quite well, He comes upon deck and he cuts a great swell; It's damn your eyes there and it's damn your eyes here, And straight to the gangway he takes a broad sheer. -- La Pique " Come-all-ye." INTO Saturday Cove, all during that late afternoon, they came surging -- spars and tackle limned against the on-sweeping pall of the gray fog -- those wayfarers of the open main. First to roll in past the ledgy portals of the haven were the venerable sea-wagons -- the coasters known as the "Apple-treers." Their weatherwise skippers, old sea- dogs who could smell weather as bloodhounds sniff trails, had their noses in the air in good season that day, and knew that they must depend on a thinning wind to cuff them into port. One after the other, barnacled anchors splashed from catheads, dragging rusty chains from hawse- holes, and old, patched sails came sprawling down with chuckle of sheaves and lisp of running rigging. A 'long-coast shanty explains the nickname, "Apple- treers": 0, what's the use of compass or a quadrant or a log? Keep her loafin' on her mudhook in a norther or a fog. But as soon's the chance is better, then we'll ratch her off once more, Keepin' clost enough for bearings from the apple-trees ashore. Therefore, the topsail schooners, the fore-and-afters, the Bluenose blunt-prows, came in early before the fog smooched out the loom of the trees and before it became necessary to guess at what the old card compasses had to reveal on the subject of courses. A...

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