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THE SEA SERPENT.

Captain Josiah Lawlor, who set sail for England from Boston, United States, in the Sea Serpent, a boat 131 3 feet long, on the 23rd of June, arriypd at Coyerapk, near the Lizardon Tuesday week. He }eft in pompany with the Mermaid, another J^ feet boat, on board of which was Captain William Andrews, the two agreeing to race across the Atlantic Ocean for a silver cup and 3000 dollars. The following account of the boat and her voyage is from the Western Morning News :— The boat is a little model of architectural skill, designed by Captain Lawlor's father, a veteran naval architect. She is 14 feet by 11 J inches over all, 5 feet beam, and 2 feet deep. She is provided with two metal air-tight compartments, one forward, one aft, capable of buoying up 6001bs or 700lbs. The cockpit is g feet long and 20 inches wide, and is covered with, a hatph or slide. In rough and rainy weather a rubber apron kept the water out, A drag in the shape of a parachute was used. Captain Lawlor's cooking utensils consisted of an oil-stove and a few tin dißhes. He carried no stimulants in the shape of strong drink, and his larder contained canned meats and beef extracts, cho/jojate, condensed coffee and milk, and pkenjfcy of crackers. Ten gallons oi oiji were carrie,!|' pr use jn exceptionally rough weather. For days the boat steered heiself in light, steady winds, ana. at night, after hoisting a good lantern, Captain Lawlor could turn in and get some sleep. On the Ist of July, while securing a rope, he fell overboard, but as he always had a rope around bis b,ody fastened to some part of the t?oat, fre was able to get aboard without any trouble, after, a refreshing bath. On July lgth, while'running before a heavy blow, the Sea Serpent was thrown on her beamends, and was quiokly filling with water. Captain Lawlor, however, promptly jumped upon the keel, and was able to right her. As she righted, it left him overboard, and the rope around his waist drawing acropz his hands broke his hold. If it had not bepn for tho rope holding him to the boat,' he would not have been able to keep afloat, for he "had on three coats, and long hip rubber boots, which, when full of water, were a very great weight ; and when h,e succeeded in getting a hold of ij^e gunwale he had hard work to puirhirnseif in. The boaf was then half full of. water j ' bjs clothes and .everything w,ere wet and (jwagrepabje. Hb ni£|fc wj#i a similar mishap whije running dQVU £Q epenk th<» barque Finland, twenty nn'los south-west of tho Ljsard on the 3rd of August. All this shews how much & man may do and bear, if he is wise enough to be a total abstainer.

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THE SEA SERPENT., Evening Post, Volume XLII, Issue 124, 21 November 1891, Supplement

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THE SEA SERPENT. Evening Post, Volume XLII, Issue 124, 21 November 1891, Supplement

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