We set sail from the Elbe, wind N.E. in the ship called The Jonas-in-the-Whale….
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An ocean whose parallel winding shores form an immense perimeter fed by the world’s greatest rivers: the St. Lawrence, Mississippi, Amazon, Plata, Orinoco, Niger, Senegal, Elbe, Loire, and Rhine, which bring it waters from the most civilized countries as well as the most undeveloped areas!
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea