The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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point,
and her fate, in many respects, so remarkably similar to our own, that
I cannot forbear alluding to it here. This vessel, of one hundred and
thirty tons burden, sailed from Boston, with a cargo of lumber and
provisions, for Santa Croix, on the twelfth of December, 1811, under the
command of Captain Casneau. There were eight souls on board besides the
captain--the mate, four seamen, and the cook, together with a Mr. Hunt,
and a negro girl belonging to him. On the fifteenth, having cleared
the shoal of Georges, she sprung a leak in a gale of wind from the
southeast, and was finally capsized; but, the masts going by the board,
she afterward righted. They remained in this situation, without fire,
and with very little provision, for the period of one hundred and
ninety-one days (from December the fifteenth to June the twentieth),
when Captain Casneau and Samuel Badger, the only survivors, were taken
off the wreck by the Fame, of Hull, Captain Featherstone, bound home
from Rio Janeiro. When picked up, they were in latitude 28 degrees N.,
longitude 13 degrees W., having drifted above two thousand miles! On the
ninth of July the Fame fell in with the brig Dromero, Captain Perkins,
who landed the two sufferers in Kennebeck. The narrative from which we
gather these details ends in the following words:

“It is natural to inquire how they could float such a vast distance,
upon the most frequented part of the Atlantic, and not be discovered all
this time. They were passed by more than a dozen sail, one of which came
so nigh them that they could distinctly see the people on deck and on
the rigging looking at them; but, to the inexpressible disappointment of
the starving and freezing men, they stifled the dictates of compassion,
hoisted sail, and cruelly abandoned them to their fate.”

{*3} Among the vessels which at various times have professed to meet
with the Auroras may be mentioned the ship San Miguel, in 1769; the ship
Aurora, in 1774; the brig Pearl, in 1779; and the ship Dolores, in 1790.
They all agree in giving the mean latitude fifty-three degrees south.

{*4} The terms morning and evening, which I have made use of to avoid
confusion in my narrative, as far as possible, must not, of course, be
taken in their ordinary sense. For a long time past we had had no night
at all, the daylight being continual. The dates throughout are according
to nautical time, and the bearing must be understood as per compass. I
would also remark, in this place,

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Text Comparison with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Comprising the details of a mutiny and atrocious butchery on board the American brig Grampus, on her way to the South Seas, in the month of June, 1827.

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At last I could not help being interested in what he said, and by degrees I felt the greatest desire to go to sea.
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It was about ten feet long, and had only one berth, which, as I said before, was wide and convenient.
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By means of this cord I should be enabled readily to trace my way out without his guidance, provided any unlooked-for accident should render such a step necessary.
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I had a confused recollection of having put them carefully away just before falling asleep; and, indeed, previously to my last journey to the trap, I had been able to remember the exact.
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back if he discovered me to be on board.
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I objected to this, because I could not believe that the mate (who was a cunning fellow in all matters which did not affect his superstitious prejudices) would suffer himself to be so easily entrapped.
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His head was only slightly cut, and otherwise he had received no injury, having been merely stunned by the blow.
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The seas, therefore, which struck us to starboard were much broken by the vessel's side, only reaching us in fragments as we lay flat on our faces; while those which came from larboard, being what are called back-water seas, and obtaining little hold upon us on account of our posture, had not sufficient force to drag us from our fastenings.
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I gasped for breath, and, turning to my companions, perceived that they were paler than marble.
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I continued to chew pieces of it at intervals, and found some relief from so doing; my chief distress was for water, and I was only prevented from taking a draught from the sea by remembering the horrible consequences which thus have resulted to others who were similarly situated with ourselves.
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On the twenty-first we were again reduced to the last necessity.
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In a subsequent portion of this narrative I shall have frequent occasion to mention this species of tortoise.
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He was deficient, however, in energy, and, consequently, in that spirit of enterprise which is here so absolutely requisite.
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His followers behind joined in his merriment, and for some minutes the din was so excessive as to be absolutely deafening.
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I do not believe that they had the least suspicion of their actual use, but rather took them for idols, seeing the care we had of them, and the attention with which we watched their movements while handling them.
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There appeared so much of system in this that I could not help feeling distrust, and I spoke to Captain Guy of my apprehensions.
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As we approached the village with Too-wit and his party, a vast crowd of the people rushed out to meet us, with loud shouts, among which we could only distinguish the everlasting _Anamoo-moo!_ and _Lama-Lama!_ We were much surprised at perceiving that, with one or two exceptions, these new comers were entirely naked, the skins being used only by the men of the canoes.
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We saw before us no prospect but that of being put to death by the savages, or of dragging out a miserable existence in captivity among them.
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The circumstances connected with the late sudden and distressing death of Mr.