We were boarded about the same time by both the pirates, who entered furiously at the head of their men; but finding us all prostrate upon our faces (for so I gave order), they pinioned us with strong ropes, and setting guard upon us, went to search the sloop.
My men were sent by an equal division into both the pirate ships, and my sloop new manned.
At this moment they were hailed by a voice from the sloop
and a few seconds later men, servants and baggage were aboard.
Our heroine, who was truly alive to all the charms of nature, gazed with rapture as the boat plunged between the mountains on either hand, and turned a wistful gaze down the river, in the vain hope that Antonio might, at the same moment, be enjoying the scene--but the sluggish sloop
was now far behind, and the eye of Antonio, bright as it was, could not pierce the distance.
And here, as with my junk, four Chinese were transferred to the sloop
and one left behind to take care of things.
On this news we hired a sloop to take in our goods, and taking, as it were, a final farewell of Potomac River, we went with all our cargo over to Maryland.
Then we had the great river or bay of Chesapeake to cross, which is where the river Potomac falls into it, near thirty miles broad, and we entered more great vast waters whose names I know not, so that our voyage was full two hundred miles, in a poor, sorry sloop, with all our treasure, and if any accident had happened to us, we might at last have been very miserable; supposing we had lost our goods and saved our lives only, and had then been left naked and destitute, and in a wild, strange place not having one friend or acquaintance in all that part of the world.
This was very rational; but we both found out a remedy for it, which was to carry a framed sloop on board the ship, which, being taken in pieces, might, by the help of some carpenters, whom we agreed to carry with us, be set up again in the island, and finished fit to go to sea in a few days.
My nephew was ready to sail about the beginning of January 1694-5; and I, with my man Friday, went on board, in the Downs, the 8th; having, besides that sloop which I mentioned above, a very considerable cargo of all kinds of necessary things for my colony, which, if I did not find in good condition, I resolved to leave so.
The first part of the proposal was so generous and kind they could not but be very thankful for it; but they were in very great consternation, especially the passengers, at the notion of being carried away to the East Indies; they then entreated me that as I was driven so far to the westward before I met with them, I would at least keep on the same course to the banks of Newfoundland, where it was probable I might meet with some ship or sloop that they might hire to carry them back to Canada.
The couple, who previously have raced dragon boats on their Canada tour three years ago, were pitted against each other on two 80-foot sloops
With a wealth of local historians and some remarkable archive footage, Butler discovers that boats continue to be built by the side of the Teifi, where once a succession of sloops
- the 'white vans' of their day - were made; that a designer is bidding to make a new brand of jeans into a global name, a decade after the factory which produced 35,000 pairs a week closed; and that the revived Barley Saturday festival is now attracting a 21st century audience.