daniel weston hall : surf-bathing, south yarmouth, 1850
Here (Martha's Vineyard).were spent some of the happiest days of my life ; but, at the expiration of one year, our Principal, Mr. Magonigal, having moved away, I was transferred to a boarding-school in the town of South Yarmouth.
In this place
my love for boating and other aquatic sports, began to manifest itself
in such a manner as to call forth the wonder and admiration of the entire
I frequently bathed in company with my school-fellows, and upon such occasions, many of the town's people would collect upon the shore, to witness the skill and fearlessness which I displayed while sporting in the surf.
Even at this early age, I could swim faster, dive deeper, and remain under water longer than any of my fellows ; and it was an oft repeated remark, that "young Hall was a genuine web-foot, and born to be a sailor."
Artic Rovings, or The Adventures of a New Bedford Boy on Sea and Land.