The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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retaining its place to larboard, we lay so much along that it was
useless to think of working the pumps, which indeed we could not have
done much longer in any case, as our hands were entirely raw with
the excessive labour we had undergone, and were bleeding in the most
horrible manner.

Contrary to Parker’s advice, we now proceeded to cut away the foremast,
and at length accomplished it after much difficulty, owing to the
position in which we lay. In going overboard the wreck took with it the
bowsprit, and left us a complete hulk.

So far we had had reason to rejoice in the escape of our longboat,
which had received no damage from any of the huge seas which had come on
board. But we had not long to congratulate ourselves; for the foremast
having gone, and, of course, the foresail with it, by which the brig had
been steadied, every sea now made a complete breach over us, and in
five minutes our deck was swept from stem to stern, the longboat
and starboard bulwarks torn off, and even the windlass shattered into
fragments. It was, indeed, hardly possible for us to be in a more
pitiable condition.

At noon there seemed to be some slight appearance of the gale’s abating,
but in this we were sadly disappointed, for it only lulled for a few
minutes to blow with redoubled fury. About four in the afternoon it was
utterly impossible to stand up against the violence of the blast; and,
as the night closed in upon us, I had not a shadow of hope that the
vessel would hold together until morning.

By midnight we had settled very deep in the water, which was now up to
the orlop deck. The rudder went soon afterward, the sea which tore it
away lifting the after portion of the brig entirely from the water,
against which she thumped in her descent with such a concussion as would
be occasioned by going ashore. We had all calculated that the rudder
would hold its own to the last, as it was unusually strong, being rigged
as I have never seen one rigged either before or since. Down its main
timber there ran a succession of stout iron hooks, and others in the
same manner down the stern-post. Through these hooks there extended
a very thick wrought-iron rod, the rudder being thus held to the
stern-post and swinging freely on the rod. The tremendous force of the
sea which tore it off may be estimated by the fact, that the hooks in
the stern-post, which ran

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I knew that I was altogether incapable of managing the boat, and that a fierce wind and strong ebb tide were hurrying us to destruction.
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