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not), the lieutenant ordered the drummer to be called to beat to quarters, that the guns might be run into their places, and the ship righted. The drummer's name was passed along quick enough, for we were alt alarmed at our situation ; for the ship just then heeled over still more. I jumped down off the gangway as soon as the drummer was called, and hastened down to my quarters. The drum was not beat, for the man had not time to get his drum. All hands were now tumbling down the hatchways as fast as they could to their quarters, that they might run their guns into their places, and so right the ship. The gun I was stationed at was the third gun from forward on the starboard side of the lower gun-deck. I said to Carroll, the second captain of the gun, 'I say, let us try to get our gun out without waiting for the drum, as the sooner we right the better.' We boused out our gun, which had been run in amidships; but the ship heeled over so much that, do all we could, it ran in again upon us, and at the same time the water made a heavy rush into the larboard lower deck ports. The ship is sinking, Carroll!' cried I ; lay hold of the ring-bolt and jump out; we shall all be drowned ! He made for the ringbolt, caught it, climbed out of the port, and jumped into the sea. I presume he was drowned, for I never saw him afterwards. I followed him as fast as I could out of the same port, which was the one belonging to our gun (the third from forward on the starboard side); and when I was outside, I perceived that all the other port-holes were crowded as full as they could be with the heads of the men, all trying to escape, and jamming one another so that they could scarcely move either

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one way or the other. I caught hold of the sheet anchor, which was just above me, to prevent falling back in board; and, perceiving a woman struggling at the port, I caught hold of her, dragged her out, and threw her from me. The ship was now lying down so completely on her larboard broadside, that the heads of the men in the ports disappeared all at once; they all dropped back into the ship, for the port-holes were now upright; and it was just as if men were trying to get out of the tops of so many chimneys, with nothing for their feet to purchase upon. Just after the men fell in board, there came a rush of air through the ports, so violent as to blow my hat off. It was the air from the hold and lower deck, which having no other vent, escaped, as the water which poured in took up its space. The ship then sunk in a moment, righting as she went down. I was a good swimmer and diver, and when she was sinking I attempted to keep above water; but it was impossible: I was drawn down with the ship until she reached the bottom. As soon as she grounded, the water boiled and bubbled a great deal, and then I found that I could swim, and began to rise to the surface. A man tried to grapple me as I went up;

his forefingers caught in my shoe, between the shoe and my foot. I succeeded in kicking off my shoe, and thus got rid of him; and then I rose to the surface of the water."

“ Take breath after that, Jem,” said Ben, handing him the ale.

“I can tell you that I could hardly take breath when I came to the surface, for my head came up through a quantity of tar, which floated like fat on a boiler, and it nearly smothered me; for you see there had been one or two casks of tar on the decks, which had stovo when the ship was going down, and the tar got up to the top of the water before I did. It prevented me from seeing at first, but I heard the guns firing as signals of distress.” Here Turner drank some ale.

“ Well,” said he, after a short pause, “ I may as well finish my story. As soon as I could clear the tar from my eyes, I saw the main-topsail halyard block about level with the water's edge, about eight or ten yards from me; so I swam to it and rode on it, holding on by the halyards, and then I looked about me. The fore, main, and mizen tops were all above water, as was a part of the bowsprit, and also part of the ensign-staff, with the flag hoisted,—for you see, messmates, we went down in only thirteen and a half fathom water, that is, about eighty feet; and, as I said before, she measured sixty-six feet from the keelson up to the taffrail; and she grounded as nearly upright as a vessel could; for the lighter, which was fast to leeward when she went down, caught the main yard, which helped to right her as she sank,—but the lighter went down with her. Well, as I looked round, I saw the admiral's baker in the mizen shrouds, and there was the body of the woman I had dragged out of the port rolling about close to him. The baker was an Irishman, of tho name of Claridge; and I called out to him, “Bob, reach out your hand and catch hold of that woman, I dare say she is not dead.'

“ He said, She's dead enough ; it's of no use to lay hold of her.'

“I answered, "She is not dead.' He caught hold of

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