I'm 250 pages in and having a good old time with this one. I'm not making any promises about when I'll finish it, though. I'm just saying. It's such a lunker I might have to read it in installments.
On the 24th of February, 1815, the lookout of Notre-Dame de la Garde signaled the three master, The Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and the Isle of Rion.
Immediately, and according to custom, the platform of Fort Saint-Jean was covered with spectators; it is always an event at Marseilles for a ship to come into port, especially when this ship, like the Pharaon, had been built, rigged, and laden on the stocks of the old Phocée, and belonged to an owner of the city.
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