We had come home from school much earlier than usual, on account of illness having broken out there; but as none of the boys were dangerously ill, and those in the infirmary were very comfortable, we were not excessively unhappy. I suspect that some of us wished that fever or some other sickness would appear two or three weeks before all the holidays. However, as we had nothing to complain of at school, this, I confess, was a very unreasonable wish. The very day of our arrival home, when we were seated at dinner, and my brother Oliver and I were discussing the important subject of how we were to spend the next ten or twelve weeks, we heard our papa, who is a retired captain of the Royal NavyÑand who was not attending to what we were talking aboutÑsay, as he looked across the table to mamma: ÒWould you object to these boys of ours taking a cruise with me round England this summer?Ó We pricked up our ears, you may be sure, to listen eagerly to the reply. Looking at Oliver, then at me, she said: ÒI should like to know what they think of it. As they have never before taken so long a cruise, they may get tired, and wish themselves home again or back at school.Ó ÒOh no, no! we should like it amazingly. We are sure not to get tired, if papa will take us. We will work our passage; will pull and haul, and learn to reef and steer, and do everything we are told,Ó said Oliver. ÒWhat do you say about the matter, Harry?Ó asked papa. ÒI say ditto to Oliver,Ó I replied. ÒWe will at all events try to be of use;Ó for I knew from previous experience that it was only when the weather was fine, and we were really not wanted, that we were likely to be able to do anything. ÒThen I give my consent,Ó said mamma; on which we both jumped up and kissed her, as we had been accustomed to do when we were little chaps; we both felt so delighted.
Excerpt from A Yacht Voyage Round England I should like to know what they think Of it. As they have never before taken so long a cruise, they may get tired, and wish themselves home again or back at school. Oh no, no! We should like it amazingly. We are sure not to get tired, if papa will take us. We will work our passage; will pull and haul, and learn to reef and steer, and do everything we are told, ' said Oliver. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
In diesem Reisebericht aus dem Jahre 1849 beschreibt W. A. Ross seine Erfahrungen auf der Fahrt auf einer Yacht in die nordischen Gefilde rund um Norwegen, Dänemark und Schweden. Inhalt sind dabei nicht nur die konkreten Reisebedingungen, sondern auch Überlegungen literarischer und gesamtgesellschaftlicher Art, die weit über die üblichen Reisebeschreibungen hinausgehen. Es handelt sih hierbei um eine englischsprachige Ausgabe.
Queensland and British Columbia in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Author: R. Hogg
In mid-nineteenth-century Britain, there existed a dominant discourse on what it meant to be a man –denoted by the term 'manliness'. Based on the sociological work of R.W. Connell and others who argue that gender is performative, Robert Hogg asks how British men performed manliness on the colonial frontiers of Queensland and British Columbia.
In 1937, the Scottish writer, Neil Gunn, gave up his job in the civil service, sold his house in Inverness, and bought a boat. With his wife and his brother John, he set off on a three-month voyage around Inner Hebrides. The boat had outlived its first youth, and its engine was somewhat cranky; she went tolerably under sail. These are not high recommendations, but for Gunn, and at times his fellow voyagers, the vessel was an argosy of freedom, of adventure and misadventure–for they were fairly inexperienced sailors, and the waters of the region are by no means placid. Gunn was a Scots nationalist in a sense that goes far beyond the political, even though he thought that an independent Scotland was the only proper basis for a reasonable civilization. He was by nature poetic, uplifted or cast down by changing skies, seascapes, and shores. His descriptions of those things, including their moods, are remarkably evocative. And he is also a passionate historian of his country, exalting its possibilities, anathematizing its shortcomings. The book is illustrated with Daisy Gunn's photographs taken on the voyage, which are palpably amateur but wonderfully telling.