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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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increasing to a gale of wind. We were
obliged to reef our topsails, the sea running
so very high. The weather hazy, and
exceedingly cold. As our voyage, however,
was almost over, we had no great reason to
complain. About eleven in the morning
we made Wing’s Beacon, which is situated
on an high barren rock not far from the
mouth of the river Gotha. In this exposed
situation live the pilots, braving the storms
and tempests for the sake of their
profession, as this commands a fine sea-view,
and ships may be seen from hence at a great
distance. When we came near this place
we hoisted a jack upon the main-top-masthead
as a signal to the pilots. They soon
obeyed the summons, and the same afternoon
we were safely moored in the harbour
of Gottenburg.

Soon after we landed, we dined at the
English Hotel. After dinner the English
Consul’s coach attended us at the inn, and
conducted us to the house of Mr. Smith,
a merchant resident here, whose attention
and civility demand our warmest thanks.
We spent the evening with him, and were
entertained with much ease and hospitality.

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