I found it washed on to the beach on the incoming tide, one morning after a stormy night on which the wind had blow a gale.
The wind had howled around the lighthouse rattling all the shutters the oil lamp had been primed in the early afternoon the day before as the clouds began to build over the hills to the north. By 4pm the wind had begun to rise and the ran began to fall the light had faded and I lit the lamp the shuttles began there rotation the strong light beam cast itself out into the driving rain and dark occasionally the lightening flashed and the sound of thunder rumbling long after the flash of lighting had disappeared.
In I was looking out of the window and saw the ocean with 12 foot high waves and swells in which no boat could live in seas like this I thought and I prayed that we would not have to launch the boat that night.
I settled down to read a book besides the fire and drink a glass of brandy to warm my chilled body.
Life as a lighthouse guard was not easy.
I began read and grew comfortable besides the fire and soon fell into a doze.
Soon I was fast asleep I began to dream, I dreamed I was on the quarterdeck of a ship in the storm.
The ship was in trouble and most of the sails had been torn to shreds, the main mast was the only one left standing both the fore mast and quarterdeck mast had gone by the boards. The captain had given orders that the ship was to be abandoned. I clasped the small golden love locket of my wife in Port Elizabeth had given me and kissed it before climbing onto the life boat.
The waves we’re huge the night dark, with high seas running in the far distance the flash of Cape Reciffe lighthouse caught my eye.
We pulled hard on the oars to get away from the sinking ship when she went down if we were to close she would take the lifeboat down with her and us in it.
For a moment the ship tillted like a crazy milk bucket and then she was gone. A moment later the lifeboat was sucked under.
I felt the air been pulled from my lungs, the heavy coat pulled me down the cold ocean water began freezing my limbs as I struggled to free myself from the heavy coat
Some thing struck me and I remembered no more…
I awoke with a start the fire had gone out and the storm abated. I wondered down to the beach to see how things looked as I walked along the beach the soft wet sand under feet something caught my eye a small golden love locket.
The violin was invented in the second part of the 16th century.
The development and improvements made by Antonio Stradivarius and the Amati family further brought the violin and various other stringed instruments to a high level of perfection.
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The long war that raged in Europe between 1793 and 1815 affected people in various ways.
It is an accepted fact that ships build along the French slick lines we’re faster than there English counterparts.
So much so that when a French vessel was captured they would normally be brought into the service of the Royal Navy.
French prisoners of war during this period would spend many years in prisons in England or on board what was called sheer hulks (a term which means a shell of a vessel with all the fittings removed including the masts.
Life was not pleasant and very boring, thus sailors of the French navy turned their considerable talents to the making of Whalebone models of the ships they served on below is one of those models currently in the Bayworld museum complex Port Elizabeth there website is http://www.bayworld.co.za
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42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
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This is a collect of reminisces of my life – Events, observations, helicon days of Thunder & Wonder.
Retold in the style of an old man recalling his youth.
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In this Alternative history James II was not dethroned, William of Orange remained on his farm in Holland, George of Hanover never became king of Britain and the Jacobite rebellion never happened.
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Culloden a name that will live long in Scottish history, a name of a
Moor that lives large in the imagination of romantics.
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Year after year day after day, Iv tried to be cheerful and laugh of the sorrow and pain, both physical and mental.
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