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but two points visible on the whole anchorage.
One was the great fire on shore, by which the defeated pirates
lay carousing in the swamp. The other, a mere blur of light upon
the darkness, indicated the position of the anchored ship. She had
swung round to the ebb-- her bow was now towards me--the only
lights on board were in the cabin, and what I saw was merely a
reflection on the fog of the strong rays that flowed from the stern
The ebb had already run some time, and I had to wade through
a long belt of swampy sand, where I sank several times above the
ankle, before I came to the edge of the retreating water, and
wading a little way in, with some strength and dexterity, set my
coracle, keel downwards, on the surface.