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  • I took off my cork-jacket and accompanied him into the drawing-room.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • But in the morning when, dressed in my cork-jacket, I traversed the slushy mass at a temperature of six or seven degrees below zero, I remarked that the side walls were gradually closing in.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • His craving lungs opened to the free air; he lay back on his cork-jacket gulping it in greedily as the whirlpool formed by the sinking yacht carried him round and round in dizzy circles.

    Swirling Waters

  • Yes, it was the life-boat, afloat on the troubled waves of the canal, each man seated in his own place, his hands quiet upon his oar, his cork-jacket braced about him, his feet out before him, ready to pull the moment they should pass beyond the broken gates of the lock out on the awful tossing of the waves.

    The Seaboard Parish Volume 3

  • M. l 'abbé waited us in a boat: he flung himself bodily into the water, dressed in a sort of cork-jacket, moved in any direction in the water, drank, ate, and fired off a gun.

    Memoirs of the Comtesse Du Barry, with minute details of her entire career as favorite of Louis XV. Written by herself

  • I join with my honest friend Crabbe, and have an unlucky propensity to hope, when hope is lost, and to rely upon the cork-jacket, which carries the heroes of romance safe through all the billows of affliction. ''

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • I join with my honest friend Crabbe, and have an unlucky propensity to hope, when hope is lost, and to rely upon the cork-jacket, which carries the heroes of romance safe through all the billows of affliction.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • a cork-jacket. — “You might have spared yourself three hours uneasiness,” said Bellcour, as he stepped upon the key at Calais, “if you had permitted yourself to be governed by reason; I have not suffered one unpleasing sensation since we set sail, and you see I am arrived in safety as well as yourself.”

    Francis, the Philanthropist: an unfashionable tale

  • I join with my honest friend Crabbe, and have an unlucky propensity to hope, when hope is lost, and to rely upon the cork-jacket, which carries the heroes of romance safe through all the billows of affliction. "

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete

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  • "A machine made somewhat in the form of a seaman's jacket, lined with a particular kind of select cork in pieces, so artfully shaped and disposed, as to give it the strongest buoyancy, and also to preserve an easy degree of flexibility, so that the activity of the wearer is not impeded.

    Dr. Wilkinson ... recommended this machine, or apparatus, to all sea-faring people, as an easy and indubitable means to escape drowning in shipwreck....

    A cork jacket or spencer may be constructed as follows: pieces of cork about three inches long, by two wide, and the usual thickness of the bark are enclosed between two pieces of strong cloth or canvas, and formed like a jacket without sleeves...."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 107

    October 12, 2008