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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofTheFloatingLightoftheGoodwinSands,by R.M Ballantyne ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:TheFloatingLightoftheGoodwinSands Author:R.M Ballantyne ReleaseDate:June7,2007[EBook#21735] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHEFLOATINGLIGHT*** ProducedbyNickHodsonofLondon,England R.M Ballantyne "TheFloatingLightoftheGoodwinSands" Preface Thistale,reader—ifyoureaditthrough—willgiveyousomeinsightinto the condition, value, and vicissitudes of the light-vessels, or floating lighthouses, which guard the shores of this kingdom, and mark the dangerous shoals lying off some of our harbours and roadsteads It will also convey to you—if you don’t skip—a general idea of the life and adventuresofsomeofthemenwhohavemannedtheseinterestingand curious craft in time past, as well as give you some account of the sayingsanddoingsofseveralotherpersonagesmoreorlessconnected withourcoasts Mayyoureaditwithpleasureandprofit,and—“mayyour shadowneverbeless.” I gratefully express my acknowledgment and tender my best thanks to theElderBrethrenoftheTrinityHouse,towhosekindnessIamindebted for having been permitted to spend a week on board the Gull-stream light-vessel, one of the three floating-lights which mark the Goodwin Sands;andtoRobinAllen,Esquire,SecretarytotheTrinityHouse,who has kindly furnished me with valuable books, papers, and information I have also gratefully to tender my best thanks to Captain Valle, District Superintendent under the Trinity House at Ramsgate, for the ready and extremelykindmannerinwhichheaffordedmeeveryfacilityforvisiting the various light-vessels and buoys of his district, and for observing the natureanddutiesoftheservice TothemasteroftheGull,whose“bunk”Ioccupiedwhilehewasonshore —toMrJohnLeggett,themate,whowasincommandduringtheperiod of my visit—and to the men of the “Floating-light” I have to offer my heartfelt thanks for not only receiving me with generous hospitality, but fortreatingmewithheartygoodwillduringmypleasantsojournwiththem intheirinterestingandpeculiarhome My best thanks, for much useful and thrilling information, are due to Mr IsaacJarman,thecoxswain,andMrFish,thebowman,oftheRamsgate Lifeboat-men who may be said to carry their lives continually in their hands, and whose profession it is to go out at the call of duty and systematicallygrapplewithDeathandrobhimofhisprey TotheHarbour Master,andDeputyHarbourMasteratRamsgate,Iamalsoindebtedfor information and assistance, and to Mr Reading, the master of the Aid steam-tug,whichattendsupon,andsharestheperilsof,theLifeboat R.M Ballantyne Edinburgh,1870 ChapterOne ParticularInquiries A light—clear, ruddy and brilliant, like a huge carbuncle—uprose one eveningfromthedeep,andremainedhoveringaboutfortyfeetabovethe surface, scattering its rays far and wide, over the Downs to Ramsgate and Deal, along the coast towards Dover, away beyond the North Foreland,acrosstheGoodwinSands,andfaroutuponthebosomofthe greatNorthSea ItwasachillNovemberevening,whenthislightarose,intheyear—well, it matters not what year We have good reasons, reader, for shrouding thispointinmystery Itmayhavebeenrecently;itmayhavebeen“long, long ago.” We don’t intend to tell It was not the first time of that light’s appearance,anditcertainlywasnotthelast Letusedintheofficialversion postedontheofficialProjectGutenberg-tmwebsite(www.gutenberg.org), youmust,atnoadditionalcost,feeorexpensetotheuser,providea copy,ameansofexportingacopy,orameansofobtainingacopyupon request,oftheworkinitsoriginal"PlainVanillaASCII"orother form AnyalternateformatmustincludethefullProjectGutenberg-tm Licenseasspecifiedinparagraph1.E.1 1.E.7 Donotchargeafeeforaccessto,viewing,displaying, performing,copyingordistributinganyProjectGutenberg-tmworks unlessyoucomplywithparagraph1.E.8or1.E.9 1.E.8 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Language:English ***START OF THISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOK THE FLOATING LIGHT *** ProducedbyNickHodson of London,England R.M Ballantyne "The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" Preface Thistale,reader—ifyoureaditthrough—willgiveyousomeinsightinto.. .The ProjectGutenbergEBook of The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands, by R.M Ballantyne ThiseBookisfor the use of anyoneanywhereatnocostandwith... Thistale,reader—ifyoureaditthrough—willgiveyousomeinsightinto the condition, value, and vicissitudes of the light- vessels, or floating lighthouses, which guard the shores of this kingdom, and mark the dangerous shoals lying off some of our harbours
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