but that it had been arranged that if...

lulecib

Senior Member
Turkish
Hi,

I have a question for you.

"They answered that they could make nothing of it, but that it had been arranged that if there was a prospect of fair weather two lights would be shown as a signal to put to sea."

This sentence is from an academic paper about a Japanese sailor. The ship needed to land a port and the steersman asked a question about the air condition to another ship's crew.

I am not sure about the meaning of this sentence. Especially the "but that it had been arranged that if..." part is a little bit confusing for me. Can you rephrase it more simply please? So that I can understand it better.

The Source: “Adventures of a Japanese Sailor in Malay Archipelago.” W.G. Aston, The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Jan. 1890. (On page 158).
 
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