The fire from the vessels
was most ineffectual, owing, as I afterward learned, to the unexpected suddenness of the first volley, which caught the ship's crews entirely unprepared and the sighting apparatus of the guns unprotected from the deadly aim of our warriors.
De Guiche, who had been looking among the different boats for one stronger than the others, which might offer a chance of reaching the English vessels
, perceiving the pilot-boat getting ready to start, said to Raoul: "Do you not think, Raoul, that intelligent and vigorous men, as we are, ought to be ashamed to retreat before the brute strength of wind and waves?
Phips went to the place in a small vessel
, hoping that he should be able to recover some of the treasure from the wreck.
When I made the plans for this submarine vessel
, I meant that nine-tenths should be submerged: consequently it ought only to displace nine-tenths of its bulk, that is to say, only to weigh that number of tons.
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.
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.
At night, when our sailors, especially the Moors, were in a profound sleep (for the Mohammedans, believing everything forewritten in the decrees of God, and not alterable by any human means, resign themselves entirely to Providence), our vessel
ran aground upon a sand bank at the entrance of the harbour.
Screaming and whirling in spiral tracks, they would accompany the vessel
, and at times alight on our yards and stays.
It would be difficult," he writes, "to imagine the frantic gambols that are daily played off here; sometimes dressing in red coats, and otherwise very fantastically, and collecting a number of ignorant natives around them, telling them that they are the great eris of the Northwest, and making arrangements for sending three or four vessels
yearly to them from the coast with spars,
It isn't easy to keep my place on board your vessel
Commiserating their position, as foreigners in a strange land, and knowing no reason for detaining them, the commander signalled for a shore boat, and the three men left the vessel
With frenzied insistence I continued to press the little button which should have sent us racing out into space, but still the vessel
refused to budge.