John Nicol - the 1780's

from The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner, pages 82-83:

...Not finding the [Falkland] islands, we bore away for the Sandwich Islands. The first land we made was Owhyee, the island where Captain Cook was killed....the natives came on board in crowds and were happy to see us... ...They are the worst people to pronounce the English of any I ever was among. Captain Portlock that called Potipoti. The nearest approach they could make to my name was Nittie, yet they would make the greatest efforts, and look so angry at themselves and vexed at their vain efforts. We had a merry facetious fellow on board called Dickson. He sung pretty well. He…   more >>
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John Nicol, and Tim Flannery (ed.), The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner (Edinburgh, 2000), p. 82-83. accessed: 16 April, 2024


John Nicol

Listening to

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Rule Britannia
written by Thomas Arne

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1780's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors


John Marriner, mariner, born 1755 in Currie near Edinburgh, recounted his travels over 25 years of seafaring to John Howell of Edinburgh in 1822.

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:47:54 +0000