|"The Oblong Box" by E.A. Poe|
The above passage is from "The Oblong Box," a short story by Edgar Allan Poe which was published in 1844. I am sure your local library can get you a copy of this story.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a video of Philip Howard telling the story of the 1861 wreck of the Black Squall. You can watch it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032113.htm.