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Four Months in a Sneak-Box

A Boat Voyage of 2600 Miles Down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and Along the Gulf of Mexico

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Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 75,784 / 220 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.4
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,181
mnybks.net#: 1088
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ned to the present day.

Since Captain Seaman built his "Devil's Coffin," forty years ago, the model has been improved by various builders, until it is believed that it has almost attained perfection. The boat has no sheer, and sets low in the water. This lack of sheer is supplied by a light canvas apron which is tacked to the deck, and presents, when stretched upward by a stick two feet in length, a convex surface to a head sea. The water which breaks upon the deck, forward of the cockpit, is turned off at the sides of the boat in almost the same manner as a snow-plough clears a railroad track of snow. The apron also protects the head and shoulders of the rower from cold head winds.

The first sneak-box built by Captain Seaman had a piece of canvas stretched upon an oaken hoop, so fastened to the deck that when a head sea struck the bow, the hoop and canvas were forced upward so as to throw the water off its sides, thus effectually preventing its ingress into the hold of the craft. The improved apron ori

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2011.09.04
Ron
****.

I found this book interesting, held my attention and was an interesting look into life in the late 1800's. There was a small amount of racial opinion expressed that did not detract greatly from the enjoyment.
I wish I had followed the travels with maps but did not think of doing so until well through the book.


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