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oicing by the townspeople—all business being suspended. It was the 7th of September, the anniversary of the day on which Brazil had severed her political connection with Portugal—in other words, it was her Independence-day. The forts and ships of w be in the possession of belligerent rights, and said to his Excellency, that although I had not seen the proclamation of Brazil, I presumed she had followed the lead of the European powers—to which he assented. I then rested my case, as the lawyershere, a very agreeable fellowcountryman, whom we met in Maranham—Mr. J. Wetson, from Texas. He had been several years in Brazil. His profession was that of a steam-engineer, and mill-wright. This worthy young mechanic, full of love, and enthusiasms. I turned my ship's head to the northward, and eastward, for the calm belt, and before sunset, we had run the coast of Brazil out of sight. We recrossed the equator, the next day. In five days more, the sun would have reached the equator, when
btless thought Captain Palmer, to kick some small power, but France! there was the rub. If the Sumter were only in Bahia, where the Florida afterward was, how easily and securely the kicking might be done? A gallant captain, with a heavy ship, might run into her, cut her down to the water's edge, fire into her crew, struggling in the water, killing, and wounding, and drowning a great many of them, and bear off his prize in triumph! And then, Mr. Seward, if he should be called upon, not by Brazil alone, but by the sentiment of all mankind, to make restitution of the ship, could he not have her run into, by accident, in Hampton Roads, and sunk; and would not this be another feather in his diplomatic cap— Yankee feather though it might be? What is a diplomat fit for, unless he can be a little cunning, upon occasion? The b'hoys will shout for him, if history does not. The reader need no longer wonder at the backing and filling of the Iroquois, around the little Sumter; or at the sleep
ng a desert tract of the ocean, where a sail is seldom seen. We now began to approach one of the beaten highways, over which a constant stream of travel is passing—the road leading from the various ports of Europe to the equator and the coast of Brazil, and thence east and west, as may be the destination of the wayfarer. December 28th.—A fine, bright day, with the wind light from the south-west. At daylight, Sail ho! came ringing from the mast-head. The sail crossing our bows, we took in y, waiting for an opportunity of exit. I have seen as many as a hundred sail at one time. In a few hours after a change of wind takes place, this immense fleet will all be under way, and such of them as are bound to the equator and the coast of Brazil, the United States, West Indies, and South America, will be found travelling the blazed road of which I have spoken; some taking the forks of the road, at their respective branching-off places, and others keeping the main track to the equator. H
, it would be sufficient to make the column of superincumbent atmosphere hotter than melted iron! With such an element of atmospheric disturbance, it is not wonderful that the most terrific gales, that rage on the ocean, are wont to sweep over the surface of this stream. Indeed, this stream not only generates hurricanes of its own, it seems to attract to it such as are engendered in the most distant parts of our hemisphere; for hurricanes known to have originated near Cape St. Roque, in Brazil, have made their way straight for the Gulf Stream, and followed it, in its course, for a thousand miles and more, spreading shipwreck and disaster, broadcast, in their track. The violence of these gales is inconceivable by those who have not witnessed them. The great hurricane of 1780 originated to the eastward of the island of Barbadoes, and made straight for the Gulf Stream. As it passed over the West India Islands, trees were uprooted, and the bark literally blown from them. The very
and I designed so to time my own movements, as to arrive simultaneously with the stud-horse and the major-general, or at least a day or two afterward. It was to be presumed, of course, that some of the enemy's gun-boats would accompany the expedition, but I hoped to be able to fall so unexpectedly upon their convoy, as to find them off their guard. There was no Confederate cruiser in the Gulf, and I learned from the enemy's own papers, that the Alabama was well on her way to the coast of Brazil and the East Indies. The surprise would probably be complete, in the dead of night, and when the said gun-boats of the enemy would be sleeping in comparative security, with but little, if any steam in their boilers. Half an hour would suffice for my purpose of setting fire to the fleet, and it would take the gun-boats half an hour to get up steam, and their anchors, and pursue me. It was with this object in view, that we were now getting under way from the island of Blanquilla. But the
h-east, that we took a single reef in the topsails. This bad weather continued for the next two or three days, reducing us, a part of the time, to close reefs. The reader is probably aware, that a ship bound from the West Indies to the coast of Brazil, is compelled to run up into the variables, and make sufficient easting, to enable her to weather Cape St. Roque. This is what the Alabama is now doing—working her way to the eastward, on the parallel of about 30°. We observed on the 20th of Febhe Golden Rule, and the Golden Eagle. We were now in latitude 30°, and longitude 40°, and if the curious reader will refer to a map, or chart of the North Atlantic Ocean, he will see that we are on the charmed crossing, leading to the coast of Brazil. By crossing is meant the point at which the ship's course crosses a given parallel of latitude. We must not, for instance, cross the thirtieth parallel, going southward, until we have reached a certain meridian —say that of 40° W. If we do,
e confirmed our suspicion, that the Yankee ships were avoiding, as a general rule, the beaten tracks, having spoken one of them on the line, bound to the coast of Brazil, which had travelled as far east as the twenty-third meridian; or about four hundred miles out of her way. We were still standing to the southward, and on the 21sis was tantamount to no evidence at all, and I condemned both ship and cargo as prize of war. Here was quite a windfall—a thousand tons of coal, near the coast of Brazil, where it was worth $17 per ton. But what was I to do with the prize? It would be an interminable job to attempt to supply myself from her, by means of my boats,what uncertain, I was quite anxious lest I should drift past the island I was in quest of, and fall upon some of the foul ground lying between it and the coast of Brazil. On the 9th of April, the sun showed himself for an hour or two, near noon, and I got latitude and longitude, and found that we were in the great equatorial curr
Chapter 43: Fernando de Noronha its famous peak is a penal settlement of Brazil a visit from the Governor's ambassadors a visit to the Governor in return the Aristocracy of the islannd the rainy and dry seasons. Fernando de Noronha lies not a great way from Cape St. Roque in Brazil. It forms the western end of a chain of volcanic islands and deep-sea soundings that extend somas no good harbor where a ship could repair damages or refit. It is, besides, a penal colony of Brazil, to which it belongs. It is under the government of an officer of the Brazilian Army, who has arnor, or any one in authority, about neutral rights, or the violation of neutral jurisdictions. Brazil had, I knew, followed the lead of the European powers, in excluding prizes from her ports, and I to send them both beyond the marine league, that I might pay due respect to the jurisdiction of Brazil. And now we were ready for sea again, though I remained a few days longer at my anchors, hopi
rnando de Noronha for a cruise on the coast of Brazil enters the great highway and begins to overhaated in the Sumter—of a cruise on the coast of Brazil. In my stanch and fleet little ship, I was inr way, for the last few days, toward Bahia, in Brazil, and being now pretty well crowded with prisonme with sundry violations of the neutrality of Brazil, it ordered me to depart the island, within tw that I had been insulted by the Government of Brazil, by the lies having been put into an official oublesome little insect I found the gad-fly in Brazil. We had a few days of very pleasant interco make, by delivering back the captured ship to Brazil, ordered her to be sunk by accident in Hamptonhas been a good deal canvassed by our people. Brazil is an immense Empire, and has almost all the kenced a northerly current. The whole coast of Brazil is coral-bound, and it is, for this reason, veooves the prudent mariner, to give the banks that fringe the coasts of Brazil, a pretty wide berth. [2 more...]
e Alabama continues her cruise on the coast of Brazil American ships under English colors the eneme months near the equator, and on the coast of Brazil, and it was about time that some of Mr. Wellesavy Department, when I arrived on the coast of Brazil, and found no Federal ship of war there. Everreat public road that leads along the coast of Brazil. All the commerce of Europe and America, bounn its way to the great highway on the coast of Brazil. The road thus far is wide—the ships having a a ship can do now, to stretch by the coast of Brazil without tacking. The south-east trades push h For instance, when I arrived off the coast of Brazil, I would take up my pencil, and make some suchship of war of the enemy to reach the coast of Brazil. Just before this aggregate of days elapses, t the ships which have arrived on the coast of Brazil in pursuit of me, have heard of my being at th chase; I quietly stretch back to the coast of Brazil, and go to work as before. Voila tout! The re
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