The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
often mistaken by strangers at a distance for a ship on fire.
After continuing three hours at work the foundation of the
building was again overflowed, and the boats returned to the
ship at half-past eight o'clock. the masons and pickmen had,
at this period, a pretty long day on board of the tender, but
the smiths and joiners were kept constantly at work upon the
beacon, the stability and great conveniency of which had now
been so fully shown that no doubt remained as to the propriety
of fitting it up as a barrack. The workmen were accordingly
employed, during the period of high-water, in making
preparations for this purpose.