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Down South

or, Yacht Adventure in Florida

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Author: Oliver Optic (William Taylor Adams)
Published: 1880
Language: English
Wordcount: 64,901 / 181 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.5
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 888
Added to site: 2008.02.09
mnybks.net#: 20010
Genre: Young Readers
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ll run down till the light-house bears west by north, keeping in three fathoms of water,'" I continued, reading from the book.

We kept the Sylvania moving at about half-speed until the tower bore in the required direction; then the mate directed Buck Lingley, who was on watch forward, to heave the lead.

"Mark under water three," reported the deck-hand.

"That's all right," I added. "Now how is the tide?"

We could cross the bar only when the water was above half-tide; and this was an important question. We found from our nautical almanac that it would be half-tide at nine o'clock in the forenoon; and it was not yet seven in the morning by the corrected time. We were as near the coast as I cared to go. We could just make out the square tower of the light-house in the fog, and I was not willing to trust myself in unknown waters near the shore without a pilot. I directed Washburn to stop the engine, and keep a sharp lookout for the drift of the steamer.

Leaving the pilot-house, I

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