Narrative Continued by the Doctor: The Jolly-boat’s Last Trip

Thisfifthtripwasquitedifferentfromanyoftheothers.Inthefirstplace,thelittlegallipotofaboatthatwewereinwasgravelyoverloaded.Fivegrownmen,andthreeofthemTrelawney,Redruth,andthecaptainoversixfeethigh,wasalreadymorethanshewasmeanttocarry.Addtothatthepowder,pork,andbread-bags.Thegunwalewaslippingastern.Severaltimesweshippedalittlewater,andmybreechesandthetailsofmycoatwereallsoakingwetbeforewehadgoneahundredyards.

Thecaptainmadeustrimtheboat,andwegothertoliealittlemoreevenly.Allthesame,wewereafraidtobreathe.

Inthesecondplace,theebbwasnowmakingastrongripplingcurrentrunningwestwardthroughthebasin,andthensouth’ardandseawarddownthestraitsbywhichwehadenteredinthemorning.Eventherippleswereadangertoouroverloadedcraft,buttheworstofitwasthatweweresweptoutofourtruecourseandawayfromourproperlanding-placebehindthepoint.Ifweletthecurrenthaveitswayweshouldcomeashorebesidethegigs,wherethepiratesmightappearatanymoment.

“Icannotkeepherheadforthestockade,sir,”saidItothecaptain.Iwassteering,whileheandRedruth,twofreshmen,wereattheoars.“Thetidekeepswashingherdown.Couldyoupullalittlestronger?”

“Notwithoutswampingtheboat,”saidhe.“Youmustbearup,sir,ifyoupleasebearupuntilyouseeyou’regaining.”

ItriedandfoundbyexperimentthatthetidekeptsweepinguswestwarduntilIhadlaidherheaddueeast,orjustaboutrightanglestothewayweoughttogo.

“We’llnevergetashoreatthisrate,”saidI.

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