This passed, the frigate took a more decided westerly direction, and scoured the central waters of the Pacific. Commander Farragut thought, and with reason, that it was better to remain in deep water, and keep clear of continents or islands, which the beast itself seemed to shun
For three months, during which a day seemed an age, the Abraham Lincoln furrowed all the waters of the Northern Pacific, running at whales, making sharp deviations from her course, veering suddenly from one tack to another, stopping suddenly, putting on steam, and backing ever and anon at the risk of deranging her machinery, and not one point of the Japanese or American coast was left unexplored.
Now there are enormous areas in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, in which every single island is of coral formation, and is raised only to that height to which the waves can throw up fragments, and the winds pile up sand.
The following sketch represents part of the barrier encircling the island of Bolabola in the Pacific, as seen from one of the central peaks.
Sacred To the Memory of Robert Long, Willis Ellery, Nathan Coleman, Walter Canny, Seth Macy, and Samuel Gleig, Forming one of the boats' crews of the Ship Eliza, Who were towed out of sight by a Whale, On the Off-shore Ground in the Pacific
, December 31st,
Among them were journals and letters narrating expeditions by sea, and journeys to and fro across the Rocky Mountains by routes before untravelled, together with documents illustrative of savage and colonial life on the borders of the Pacific
. With such material in hand, I undertook the work.
Drift timber is thrown up on most islands, even on those in the midst of the widest oceans; and the natives of the coral-islands in the Pacific
, procure stones for their tools, solely from the roots of drifted trees, these stones being a valuable royal tax.
Nor did his misfortunes end with the voyage; for the ship was cast ashore on an island of the South Pacific
, and it was six years afterward when the survivors were taken off by a venturesome trading schooner and brought back to San Francisco.
The sight of these fish was hailed with pleasure, as a sign that they had reached the waters which flow into the Pacific
; for it is only on the western streams of the Rocky Mountains that trout are to be taken.
Within the last few, years American and English vessels engaged in the extensive whale fisheries of the Pacific
have occasionally, when short of provisions, put into the commodious harbour which there is in one of the islands; but a fear of the natives, founded on the recollection of the dreadful fate which many white men have received at their hands, has deterred their crews from intermixing with the population sufficiently to gain any insight into their peculiar customs and manners.
Their rescue by the English tug was entirely probable; the capture of the enemy U-33 by the tug's crew was not beyond the range of possibility; and their adventures during the perilous cruise which the treachery and deceit of Benson extended until they found themselves in the waters of the far South Pacific
with depleted stores and poisoned water-casks, while bordering upon the fantastic, appeared logical enough as narrated, event by event, in the manuscript.
They set out together across the Pacific
, and Matkah showed Kotick how to sleep on his back with his flippers tucked down by his side and his little nose just out of the water.