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An illustrated Brighton travel guide Circa 1834

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OF THE LEPAS.                 83
occurred some years since at Sid-mouth. A small coasting-vessel, with a few hands on board, sprung a leak, and went down within sight of several persons on the Esplanade. It was a melancholy circumstance, and as such, excited much commiseration ; but time passed on and the occur­rence was forgotten, till one morning the vessel gradually arose from out of the water, and was driven by the tide upon the shore. The beach was soon covered with spectators; and on inspection, the sides, the deck, the remains of the mast, in short, every part was seen bristling with barnacles. The meal-tub especially was so covered with them as to pre­sent a beautiful and novel appear­ance. The reason of the vessel's re-
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