Memorable Accidents

Unheard of transactions

 

Rocks that jutted out into the sea, lifted up the vessel to the clouds, letting her fall on a sudden upon the cliffs with such violence that she could not hold out long. You might have heard her already cracking on all sides, some parts of her falling of the rest; and at last, this great mass of wood being for a while thus dreadfully shaken and toss'd from wave to rock, was dash'd to pieces with a horrible noise. The poop bore the first shock, and accordingly was the first part that bulg'd; to no purpose they cut down the masts and threw overboard the guns and all that lay in their way; all their precautions were in vain, for the ship struck upon the rocks so often and so rudely, that at last she open'd under the gunners room. The water then entring in abundance, began to gain teh first deck, and to fill the gunners room, it advanced even to the great cabin, and in a moment after it reach'd to their girdles that were upon the second deck, and still ascending insensibly, our ship at last sunk quite down into the sea, till the keel reach'd the bottom, the body of the vessel remained some time immovable. It would be a hard task to represent the satonishment, terror and consternation that seized up on every heart on the ship; nothing now was heard but cries sighs and groans: some prostrate upon the deck implored the assistance of heaven: others were throwing into the sea the barrels, empty casks, sailyards and pieces of boards, to aid them in making their escape. After the violence of the crying was over, they that remained on the vessel began to think of saving themselves. They made several rafts of

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