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Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas

CHAPTER VIII SOUTH AFRICA

A Zulu Warrior

Sketch by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, 1913

In the Roaring Forties

ANY boy who has read stories of adventures by sea in the sailing-ship days knows the “Roaring Forties”; they are the latitudes in which the westerly gales send the ships going on their way from the Cape of Good Hope to Australia, about the fortieth degree of latitude in the Southern Hemisphere.

Coming the other way as we did, from Australia for South Africa, our ship steered north a bit, and we soon ran out of the cold and boisterous sea into the calmer and sunnier waters of the thirtieth parallel; and. running along this for some days we found ourselves, after a delightful voyage, off Durban one fine sunny morning.

Several things combined to make our voyage pleasant, for in addition to fine weather, we had a splendid ship, the Themistocles. We had a very happy and cheery lot of fellow-passengers, and we also had a large contingent of bluejackets and marines belonging to H.M. ships on the Australian station, and a very nice scout-like crowd they were-smart, well-disciplined, and cheery handymen.

Among other things (which Scouts ought to be able to do) they made their own clothes. They cut out the cloth according to patterns made of paper, and then neatly sewed them together, sometimes by machine, sometimes by hand. One of them, as you see from the sketch overleaf, had a parrot to advise him.

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