walpole : surfboard riding, ruad, syria, 1851
1848 Fred Walpole : Aquatic Polynesians.
Extacts from Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty's Ship "Collingwood" from 1844 to 1848, Richard Bentley, London, 1850.
The boys of Ruad
pass their existence almost in the water, and use a surf-board very similar
to that of the Sandwich Islands, except that here they sit and lean on
it, while the Kanaka stands.
My windows, overlooking the western sea, were enlivened with their cries.
" Bahharr el kebir
Allah y jibble,
Bakharr el yereer na meeredom."
" A heavy sea
God give us,
A calm sea we do not want,"
seemed the burden of their song.
The Ansayrii, (or Assassins,) with travels in the further East, in 1850-51.
Including a visit to Ninevah.
R. Bentley, New Burlington Street, London, 1851.