When they caught a boat like this at sea, they would steal everything on it; and after they had taken the people off they would sink the ship and sail
back to Barbary singing songs and feeling proud of the mischief they had done.
One of the local fishermen conveyed it to us; it was to the effect that Demetrios Contos would sail
up from Vallejo on the following Sunday, and in the plain sight of Benicia set his net and catch salmon, and that Charley Le Grant, patrolman, might come and get him if he could.
Nichols commenced stolidly to furl his sails
Some of the sails
were again hoisted, and the speed of the boat was very good.
If I had been downright honest with myself, I would have seen very plainly in my heart that I did but half fancy being committed this way to so long a voyage, without once laying my eyes on the man who was to be the absolute dictator of it, so soon as the ship sailed
out upon the open sea.
Each time she fell off, her sails
partly filled, and these brought her in a moment right to the wind again.
I came on deck, after a good night's rest in spite of my poor knee, to find the Ghost foaming along, wing-and- wing, and every sail
drawing except the jibs, with a fresh breeze astern.
Before long the searchlight discovered some distance away a schooner with all sails
set, apparently the same vessel which had been noticed earlier in the evening.
The stars were dim, and thick the night, The steersman's face by his lamp gleamed white; From the sails
the dew did drip-- Till clombe above the eastern bar The horned Moon, with one bright star Within the nether tip.
"We have sailed
many weeks, we have sailed
many days,(Seven days to the week I allow), But a Snark, on the which we might lovingly gaze, We have never beheld till now!
We hove up anchor to a jolly chanty, and sailed
out of Yokohama harbour for San Francisco.
The ship Lark, despatched by him with supplies for the establishment, sailed
on the 6th of March, 1813.