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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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On the 25th day, about midnight, we came
close in with the point of Holyhead

; and, about
one in the morning, came in sight of the Skerries
Light-house. This was the last night we were out
at sea, and to me it appeared by far the most
dangerous; for the wind being very high, and the
tide running very strong along this rocky coast,
made so much noise, that the seamen were unable
to hear the captain give his commands; and being
close in with the Isle of Anglesea, we appeared to
be completely land-locked.

I stood by the captain, he requested me to
reach the speaking trumpet, which was the only
time he had occasion to make use of it for this
purpose during the voyage. All was agitation
and bustle for a time; the loud roaring of the
winds and waves was such, that, even aided by
the speaking trumpet, it was with difficulty the
Captain could make himself heard by the poor
seamen, who were aloft in the rigging, using every
exertion to keep the ship from driving upon the
rocks; with the wind blowing right upon them.

I had now crossed the Atlantic four times, but
had not before heard so loud an uproar of winds
and waves as at this period; which, I suppose, was
in part owing to the tide at this time running out
with violence round the point of Holyhead

, and
adding to the loud howling of the winds in the