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ing along, with one arm resting on this grating, I felt one of my feet touch something, and, at the same moment, heard a voice exclaiming, It is I, Captain; it is Parker, the second lieutenant—give me a part of your grating, I am a good swimmer, and we shall get along the better together.
I, accordingly, shared my grating with PaParker, and we both struck out, manfully, for the shore, distant no more than about a mile; but, unfortunately, the now raging gale was sweeping down parallel with the coast, and we were compelled to swim at right angles with the waves and the wind, if we would save ourselves; for once swept past the coast of the island, and the opedron of waters, under the gallant midshipman, who had charge of her, in the endeavor to rescue some of the drowning crew.
She came, by the merest accident, upon Parker and myself We were hauled into her more dead than alive, and after she had picked up two, or three others—all that could now be seen-she again returned to the sho