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Manuevered by oars, the galleys many of them leftover gilded barges from Catherine’s pleasure cruise down the Dnieper in 1786 could go straight into the wind, unlike the square-rigged frigates, and skim across shoals and sandbars because of their shallow draft.
Stenning had been on a short pleasure cruise while we had been in town, and here he was again, slipping in quietly to his moorings off my quay.
Under charter to a Dutch company, his Matabari is outbound for a pleasure cruise to the islands of Banda, Kei, and a handful of others scattered sparsely between Ambon and New Guinea.