Now, as many Sperm Whales had been captured off the western coast of Java, in the near vicinity of the straits
of Sunda; indeed, as most of the ground, roundabout, was generally recognised by the fishermen as an excellent spot for cruising; therefore, as the Pequod gained more and more upon Java Head, the look-outs were repeatedly hailed, and admonished to keep wide awake.
The tides sweep through Carquinez Straits
as in a mill-race, and the full ebb was on when I stumbled overboard.
They depend upon local causes - the configuration of coasts, the shapes of straits
, the accidents of bold promontories round which they play their little part.
And by the time Demetrios made the Sonoma Hills, on the other side of the Straits
, we were so hopelessly outdistanced that Charley told me to slack off the sheet, and we squared away for Benicia.
I had before me the excellent charts of the Straits
of Torres, and I consulted them attentively.
The following night they passed through the Strait
of Bab-el-Mandeb, which means in Arabic The Bridge of Tears, and the next day they put in at Steamer Point, north-west of Aden harbour, to take in coal.
Trent, who had seen men before in dire straits
, fed him from a spoon and forced brandy between his lips.
Soon after we discovered the isle of Babelmandel, which gives name to the strait
so called, and parts the sea that surrounds it into two channels; that on the side of Arabia is not above a quarter of a league in breadth, and through this pass almost all the vessels that trade to or from the Red Sea.
In this strait
they sent a Deputation to a neighbouring tribe to consult the Oldest and Wisest Ape in All the World.
Although w know that there are tides, which run within the Narrow of the Strait
of Magellan at the rate of eight knots an hour yet we must confess that it makes the head almost giddy t reflect on the number of years, century after century, whic the tides, unaided by a heavy surf, must have required t have corroded so vast an area and thickness of solid basalti lava.
Out on the blue sea, the distant splash of the paddles, the distant thump of the engines, told from time to time of the passage of steamers, entering or leaving the strait
between the island and the mainland.
The precise point of destination was still undecided--the plan being to search out a suitable location upon one of the many little islets which dot the western shore of the Macassar Strait