Towards noon we drew abreast the entrance go the harbour, and at last we slowly swept by the intervening promontory, and entered the bay of Nukuheva.
This item of information was imparted to us by a most extraordinary individual, a genuine South-Sea vagabond, who came alongside of us in a whale-boat as soon as we entered the bay, and, by the aid of some benevolent persons at the gangway, was assisted on board, for our visitor was in that interesting stage of intoxication when a man is amiable and helpless.
They had eleven miles of open bay
to traverse; the wind was fresh, the waves ran high.
There can be no doubt that the land round the Bay
of Concepcion was upraised two or three feet; but it deserves notice, that owing to the wave having obliterated the old lines of tidal action on the sloping sandy shores, I could discover no evidence of this fact, except in the united testimony of the inhabitants, that one little rocky shoal, now exposed, was formerly covered with water.
While waiting for slack water, in which to lift their heavy nets from the bed of the bay
, the Chinese had all gone to sleep below.
These circumstances combine to give the leaders of the Hudson's Bay
Company a decided advantage over all the American companies that come within their range, so that any close competition with them is almost hopeless.
He roused the lagging bay
with another twitch; then, as if the mere sight of the house had let me too deeply into his confidence for any farther pretence of reserve, he went on slowly: "I've always set down the worst of mother's trouble to that.
I’ve often heard of that Bay
of State,” said Benjamin, “but can’t say that I’ve ever been in it, nor do I know exactly whereaway it is that it lays; but I suppose there is good anchorage in it, and that it’s no bad place for the taking of ling; but for size it can’t be so much as a yawl to a sloop of war compared with the Bay
of Biscay, or, mayhap, Torbay.
In that moment he abandoned the idea of the valley and the bay
, the grass-walled castle and the trim, white schooner.
Some ten years ago he had led his people--a scratch lot of wandering Bugis--to the conquest of the bay
, and now in his august care they had forgotten all the past, and had lost all concern for the future.
As we approached the mouth of the bay
I looked for the fishing craft which I expected to see emerging thus early in the day for their labors.
When the ship had sailed safely into the bay
where it could not be seen from the open sea, the Doctor said he would get off on to the island to look for water--because there was none left to drink on his ship.