The Silken East v
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We crowded under the white awnings to see a great hnau floating swiftly down, shadowy, unhelmed, no lights upon her, a ship of the dead. We were still wondering when a great crash shook the air. The pity of it came upon us, for a great hnau with her rich carved stern, her vast rigging and shapely bows, makes
on the river
a noble spectacle upon the water. She passed within a fathom's sweep, and must have rammed us, had we not anchored for the night in the shelter of a rocky ledge, protruding a few feet into the river. We crept a foot nearer in to the bank and put a fresh rope out. The anchor offered no security, and had we held by it, the current must have lifted it and swept us away. So it lay with a slack chain at the bottom, where it collected large quantities of drift during the night.
All through the night the rain fell, and the river rose,