When the first streaks of dawn appeared in the western horizon, the wind, which had slightly fallen, shifted two points, and enabled Pencroft to enter the narrow gulf with greater ease. Towards seven o’clock in the 杭州男士养生会所推荐 morning, the Bonadventure, weathering the North Mandible Cape, entered the strait and glided on to the waters, so strangely enclosed in the frame of lava.
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“What is especially curious,” observed Harding, “is that the gulf has been formed by two rivers of lava, thrown out by the volcano, and accumulated by successive eruptions. The result is that the gulf is completely sheltered on all sides, and I believe that even in the stormiest weather, the sea here must be as calm as a lake.”
“No doubt,” returned the sailor, “since the wind has only that narrow entrance between the two capes to get in by; and besides, the north cape protects that of the south in a way which would make the entrance of gusts very difficult. I declare our 杭州洗浴哪里服务最好 Bonadventure could stay here from one end of the year to the other, without even dragging at her anchor!”
“It is rather large for her!” observed the reporter.
“Well! Mr. Spilett,” replied the sailor, 杭州桑拿网vip账号密码 “I agree that it is too large for the Bonadventure; but if the fleets of the union were in want of a harbour in the Pacific, I don’t think they would ever find a better place than this!”[Pg 228]
“We are in the shark’s mouth,” remarked Neb, alluding to the form of the gulf.
“Right into its mouth, my honest Neb!” replied Herbert; “but you are not afraid that it will shut upon us, are you?”
“No, Mr. Herbert,” answered Neb; “and yet this gulf here 杭州spa哪里比较刺激 doesn’t please me much! It has a wicked look!”
“Hallo!” cried Pencroft, “here is Neb turning up his nose at my gulf, just as I was thinking of presenting it to America!”
“But, at any rate, is 杭州按摩快餐多少钱 the water deep enough?” asked the engineer, “for a depth sufficient for the keel of the Bonadventure, would not be enough for those of our iron-clads.”
“That is easily found out,” replied Pencroft.
And the sailor sounded with a long cord, which served him as a lead-line, and to which was fastened a lump of iron. This cord measured nearly fifty fathoms, and its entire length was unrolled without finding any bottom.
“There,” exclaimed Pencroft, “our iron-clads can come here after all! They would not run aground!”
“Indeed,” said Gideon Spilett, “this gulf is a regular abyss; but, taking into consideration the volcanic origin of the island, it 杭州足浴小姐 is not astonishing that the sea should offer similar depressions.”
“One would say too,” observed Herbert, “that these cliffs were perfectly perpendicular; and I believe that at their foot, even 杭州桑拿按摩经历 with a line five or six times longer, Pencroft would not find the bottom.”
“That is all very well,” then said the reporter; “but I must point out to Pencroft that his harbour is wanting in one very important respect!”
“And what is that, Mr. Spilett?”