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

Philip Parker King
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When abreast of 2, the south-west end of the reef m will be seen, which should be passed at from one to two miles, and the course North by West 1/4 West will carry you to 4 and 5, which you may pass on either side of, the channel between them being quite safe.  If you take the latter course, steer north, within the reef o, and then close within 6, to avoid the low rock that covers with the tide.  Having passed this rock, steer for 7, and pass within one mile of it, to avoid the shoals that extend off Cape Sidmouth.  Hence the course is North-North-West towards Night Island; and, when abreast of it, steer North 1/2 West until near the covered shoal v, when the course may be directed within Sherrard’s Islets and reef 10 (on which there is a sandy islet covered with some bushes) and then steer round Cape Direction.

Hence the course North-North-West 1/4 West will carry you within the reefs y, z, a, b, and c, and without the rocky islet that lies off Restoration Island:  continuing this course you will, at about five miles beyond the cape, see the long reef e; steer North-West parallel with its edge, which extends until you are abreast of Fair Cape, where it terminates with a very narrow point.  Then steer North-West 1/2 North, and pass between the two easternmost Piper’s Islands and the reefs h, i, and k; then pass on either side of l and m, inshore of Haggerston’s Island, and round the outermost of Sir Everard Home’s Group.

The anchorages between Cape Flinders and this are so numerous as not to require particular mention:  the north-west end of every reef will afford shelter; but the anchor should not be dropped too near, because the tide sweeps round the edge with greater strength than it does at half a mile off, within which distance the bottom is generally deeper.  If the day is advanced and the breeze fresh, Night Island should not be passed:  because the anchorages between it and Piper’s Islands are rather exposed; and a vessel getting underweigh from Night Island at daylight will easily reach Piper’s Islands, or Margaret Bay, before dark.

The latter bay is round Cape Grenville; it is fronted by Sunday Island, which affords good shelter from the wind:  it is a safe place to stop at.

In passing round Sir Everard Home’s Islands, steer wide from them, to avoid the tide drifting you towards the group, for it sets to the North-West across the course.  The course is then about North-West 1/4 West to the Bird Isles, and thence, to the reef v, about North West by North; the better and more direct plan is to pass within v and w (there is, however, a safe channel between them) and when abreast of the west end of the latter, the course to Cairncross Island is North by West 1/2 West, and the distance about eighteen miles.

There not being any very good anchorage between this and Cape York, it would be perhaps better to anchor under it for the night, in about fourteen or fifteen fathoms, mud, the island bearing South-East, but not nearer than half a mile, because, within that distance, the bottom is rocky.

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