84 CURIOUS ANECDOTE.
appearing was now obvious ; the long tubes of the barnacles, being full of air, had rendered the sunken vessel specifically lighter than the water; and she arose from off her watery bed after the lapse of nearly twenty years.' The author adds: ■ The person from whom I heard this curious incident, was one of the spectators : he had preserved some remarkably fine specimens. It is a fact that may possibly suggest some mode of rendering vessels so buoyant as not to sink in even the most tremendous storms.'"
Edward and Lewis were much delighted with the account their mother gave them of the barnacle, and of the surprising reappearance of the sunken vessel.