In Quest of Love: The Life and Death of Margaret Fuller

In Quest of Love: The Life and Death of Margaret Fuller

In Quest of Love: The Life and Death of Margaret Fuller

In Quest of Love: The Life and Death of Margaret Fuller

Excerpt

The vessel struck in an angry dawn and lay under the lash of the hurricane.

At noon the day before, off the Jersey coast between Cape May and Barnegat, the weather had been thick with a fresh breeze blowing up from the South Atlantic. The officer in command of the barque Elizabeth had stood east-north-east, intending when daylight showed the highlands of Navasink to take a pilot and run before the wind past Sandy Hook. He promised those aboard that they should breakfast in New York.

That night the breeze quickened to a gale that increased in violence until by midnight it was known for the infrequent tropical tempest that sailors dread. Yet the Elizabeth was new and staunchly built; her officer ordered her sails close-reefed; as they ran before the wind an occasional cast of the lead renewed his assurance that they were no nearer the Jersey shore. The passengers in their cabins snatched what sleep they could, all unaware of their headlong approach to the shoals of Long Island.

At four o'clock that July morning of 1850 the barque struck. First draggingly, then hard again and harder until her bow was fast in Fire Island beach. Mainmast and mizzen were . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.