|Author||William R. Wilde|
|Publication Date||March 6, 2012|
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 Excerpt: ...comfort through the Levant, and always applied 4o the owner of a yacht. These harpies were the only sailors I ever met who seemed to have no liking for a wind. On the 10th we were near the shores of Candia, but could only distinguish the " loom of the land." Next day Mount Ida was visible, and on the 13th land was recognizable from the mast-head. CHAPTER IX. EGYPT. View of Alexandria--A Turkish Pilot--The Egyptian Fleet--Soldiery--An Eastern Bazaar--Donkey Boys--Cleopatra's Needle--Its prostration--Its remoral--A Palm Grove--Ruins of the ancient City--Pompey's PillarNautical Hieroglyphics--English Seamen--The Cemetery--Tombs Eastern Lamentation--Surveyor of the Navy--The Dock-yard--Commissioners--Vessels on the Stocks--The Navy--Arsenal--Artisans--Mosque--Matrimonial speculation--Price of labour--A line-of-battle Ship--Naval uniform The Hospital--Consular Residences--The Slave Market--Fish--Dromedaries--Remarks on their Natural History. Jan. 13th. We made the land this evening, but from its being so low, and the coast rising only a few feet above the level of the water, we were unable to distinguish it at any great distance. Before night-fall we obtained a very indistinct view of Alexandria, resembling the broken outline of an old fortress, and the Arab's Tower that of a low hummock. The harbour not being safe to enter at night, we lay "off and on" till morning, when we found ourselves abreast of the tower, a plain, round, dark-looking building, not unlike an armless windmill, or those towers along the Spanish shore, as VOL. I. R 242 A TURKISH PILOT. you enter the Straits of Gibraltar. This is the only object for miles along the coast, and serves as a most valuable guide to mariners approaching the shores of Egypt, which are one continue...