With favoring winds it is wafted past the site of the fabulous islands of Atlantis and the Hesperides, makes the periplus of Hanno, and, floating by Ternate and Tidore and the mouth of the Persian Gulf, melts in the tropic gales of the Indian seas, and is landed in ports of which Alexander only heard the names.
Examples of these plates are erected on the west coast of England, where in the winter fierce gales often occur; a pressure of 30 lb per sq.
On the coasts of Europe marine algae detached by the autumnal gales are commonly carted on to the land as a convenient manure.
The fine bay on which it lies is screened from the Atlantic gales by the island of Kerrera (41 m.
In consequence, however, of the frequent violence of the southwesterly gales and other causes, the communication ceased in the middle of the 19th century, and the artificial harbour designed by John Rennie has gradually fallen into decay.
Now, gentlemen, sweeping a ship's deck at sea is a piece of household work which in all times but raging gales is regularly attended to every evening; it has been known to be done in the case of ships actually foundering at the time.
In February and March heavy gales are frequent, and hurricanes sometimes occur, causing scarcity by destroying the crops.
The harbour of the village of Kinloch, at the head of Loch Scresort, is resorted to during gales from the N.W.
This' popular idea has no foundation in fact, for continued observations have failed to show any unusual prevalence of gales at this season.
Fogs occur during summer and early autumn, and furious gales may be expected four or five times in the year, when the crash of the Atlantic waves is audible for 20 m.