Testimonials and Memorials of the Services of Lieut. Charles Hare, of the Royal Navy

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N.B., 1848 - 37 páginas
 

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Página 20 - Sir, — Having laid before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, your letter of the...
Página 19 - I have received and laid before my lords commissioners of the admiralty your letter of the 7th instant, calling attention to the present condition of the two steam vessels.
Página 33 - I might be tempted to puss to the Northward of Sable Island ; but, at all events, it would be at great risk, and I should not, under any circumstances, recommend a stranger to attempt it, as the weather is mostly foggy, and the set of the currents unaccountable. The soundings on Banquereau are incorrectly laid down in every Chart that I have yet seen, being, in fact, within one hour's sail of the NE bar of Sable Island, from which cause I once narrowly escaped shipwreck.
Página 33 - I once narrowly escaped shipwreck. Numerous gannets are always hovering about this Island, and are a very excellent indication of your near approach to it, particularly on the south side. " By crossing the Banks thus far North, you will find the advantage as you approach the Longitudes of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia; the strong NW and N.
Página 33 - ... preserve, or nearly so, but nothing to the Southward, until up to Cape Sable, Nova Scotia ; for it carries you to a safe and proper distance from Sable Island, a place that cannot be too much dreaded. In this track you will be without the Northern edge of the Gulf Stream, and assisted by a South- Westerly current from the Banks until past that island, " In the fall of the year my track is far more to the Northward than in the spring. On leaving the land as late as the middle of October, or thereabout,...
Página 34 - ... the southward or SW are much more sudden and heavy, and near the banks they are attended with dangerous lightning. The thermometer (an instrument easily understood) is of the greatest importance for ascertaining your approach to it; and, if bound to the West, I would, for my own part, endeavour to avoid its effects as cautiously as I would a lee-shore ; for it may be depended on, that no ship, however well she may sail, will effect westing in the Gulf Stream with a wind from that quarter; and...
Página 34 - Still farther, in corroboraron of my approved northern track, allow me to observe, that in the fall of 1823, by keeping in a high latitude, the brig Ward, myself master, also owned in New Brunswick, performed a voyage out and home in seventy-two days. The same vessel likewise, on the...
Página 33 - ... in lat. 54°, I had moderate weather from the NNE, with topgallant studding-sails set ; which strongly encourages me to believe, that the blowing weather, incident to approaching winter, commences Southerly, and inclines Northerly as the season advances, and not the reverse ; an hypothesis generally formed by English shipmasters, but, in" my opinion, certainly erroneous.
Página 34 - ... well-found, and well-manned vessel, alone can perform these voyages ; for they must be maintained with unremitting attention and perseverance. " The necessity and propriety of the above remarks were particularly exemplified by the Ward, which, on her passing through the Downs, in 1824, left ships there which were bound to the westward, weather-bound, and found them there on her return, having been driven back by adverse winds; while she, getting out of the Channel, performed with ease a prosperous...
Página 33 - ... consequently into the Gulf Stream, when the longitude became also considerably affected, and I took the first opportunity of making a NNW course, to get out of it as soon as possible. " To prove the advantages of a Northern track, late in the fall of the year, I may notice that I have, in one or two instances, read in the American newspapers the accounts of very long passages experienced by ships which met heavy gales in the latitudes of 35° and 38°, when several vessels were disabled, and...

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