Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia eBook

Philip Parker King
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Between latitudes 29 degrees 25 minutes and 29 degrees 55 minutes, we did not see the coast, having passed it in the night.  It is laid down from Van Keulen’s chart.  Hence to Island Point, which is low and rocky, the shore is lined with reefs, extending off shore for two to four miles.  At the back of this, and at about eight miles from the coast, is a rocky range, of three leagues in length, on which are MOUNTS PERON and LESUEUR.

To the south of ISLAND POINT, are two bays fronted by reefs; the southernmost, JURIEN BAY, has three or more small islets in it.  The coast to the south of the bay is sandy.  In latitude 30 degrees 37 minutes, are three small rocky lumps, very remarkably placed; the middle one is in latitude 30 degrees 37 minutes 40 seconds:  fourteen miles to the south of these are two others, the north-easternmost is in latitude 30 degrees 51 minutes 50 seconds, they are very conspicuously placed upon a ridge of bare white sand.  Hence the coast winds to the South-South-East for eighty miles as far as the entrance of Swan River.  The coast is low and slightly wooded, and lined with reefs, that in some places extend for two miles from the shore.  Off CAPE LESCHENAULT (in latitude 31 degrees 21 minutes) is a reef, lying six miles and a half from the shore; it appeared to be connected with the rocks that line the coast.

The following account of SWAN RIVER is taken from Captain De Freycinet’s account of Baudin’s voyage (page 175 et seq).

“The mouth of Swan River is in latitude 32 degrees 4 minutes 31 seconds, and longitude 113 degrees 26 minutes 28 seconds East of Paris, or (115 degrees 46 minutes 43 seconds East of Greenwich).  The channel is obstructed by a bar of rocks, which it is very difficult to pass over, and, indeed, impracticable if the wind blows from the sea.  On entering, the passage is on the starboard side:  it is narrow and shoal, and divided into two channels; in each of which there is from five to six feet of water; after passing this, there is seven and eight feet:  the course must then be towards the west, to avoid two shoals, which are upon the right bank:  after half a mile the navigation is free, and in mid-channel the depth is not less than seven, eight, and nine feet.  The river then trends in a northerly direction for seven miles, without any sinuosity of consequence.  On the eastern bank, are two shoals; the passage is then on the opposite side of the river, the depth of which is eight feet:  beyond these banks the course of the river trends to the eastward towards a low point, upon which there is a solitary tree; an extensive bank fronts this point, and the channel continues on the western shore, ten feet deep.  Here the river is a mile broad; it then increases its width, and forms spacious bays on either side, that were not examined.  To the South-East is an opening, which may probably be an arm of the river; it was called MOREAU INLET; it was not examined.  Opposite to

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