Heart Of Oak A Three Stranded Yarn
Excerpt from Heart of Oak, a Three-Stranded Yarn, Vol. 1 of 3 I Date the opening of this narrative, February 24, 1860. I was in the drawing-room of my father's house on the afternoon of that day, awaiting the arrival of Captain Burke, of the ship 'Lady Emma, ' and his wife, Mary Burke, who had nursed me and brought me up, and indeed been as a mother to me after my own mother's death in 1854; but she had left us to marry Captain Edward Burke, and had already made two voyages round the world with him, and was presently going a third.
Excerpt from Heart of Oak, Vol. 2 of 3: A Three-Stranded Yarn The sail shone like a peak of ice against a belly of soft snow-cloud right ahead - that is, ahead as the hull's bows lay. I should have supposed it ice, but for the captain, who stood close beside the companion holding the ship's glass: he said, 'There she is, miss.' 'Is she coming this way?' cried I, shivering with cold and passion.