Instantly the warriors ceased firing, for it was quite apparent that the vessel
was entirely helpless, and, far from being in a position to inflict harm upon us, she could not even control herself sufficiently to escape.
"Courage, my men," said De Guiche; "I have twenty pistoles left in this purse, and as soon as we reach the admiral's vessel
they shall be yours." The sailors bent themselves to their oars, and the boat bounded over the crest of the waves.
But though it was now an old story, and the most aged people had almost forgotten that such a vessel
had been wrecked, William Phips resolved that the sunken treasure should again be brought to light.
next season I'll have the vessel
fitted with engines.
I turn on taps and they fill, and the vessel
sinks that had just been level with the surface."
He proceeded to the banks of the Hudson, and looked about among the vessels
moored or anchored in the river, for any that were about to depart.
This preliminary having been settled, another still more necessary step had to be taken, which was to let Zoraida know how matters stood that she might be prepared and forewarned, so as not to be taken by surprise if we were suddenly to seize upon her before she thought the Christians' vessel
could have returned.
On receiving this intelligence, Sergeant Cuff caused the authorities at Bombay to be communicated with, overland--so that the vessel
might be boarded by the police immediately on her entering the port.
I wondered if by chance the vessel
might be deserted.
However, those experienced in navigation saw plainly that if any accident had occurred, it was not to the vessel
herself, for she bore down with all the evidence of being skilfully handled, the anchor a-cockbill, the jib-boom guys already eased off, and standing by the side of the pilot, who was steering the Pharaon towards the narrow entrance of the inner port, was a young man, who, with activity and vigilant eye, watched every motion of the ship, and repeated each direction of the pilot.
To these questions they would answer, that he was getting better and better, and was expected aboard every day; meantime, the two Captains, Peleg and Bildad, could attend to everything necessary to fit the vessel
for the voyage.
While we were at Diou, waiting for these vessels
, we received advice from Aethiopia that the emperor, unwilling to expose the patriarch to any hazard, thought Dagher, a port in the mouth of the Red Sea, belonging to a prince dependent on the Abyssins, a place of the greatest security to land at, having already written to that prince to give him safe passage through his dominions.