A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 09 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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“The rest of this journal is wanting, as he is also wanting who should have finished it.  But, alas! this is the imperfection of man’s best perfections; death lying in ambush to entrap those whom by open force he could not devour.  He dying in this voyage, and following his son, hath left this glorious act, memoriae sacrum, the memorable epitaph of his worth, savouring of a true heroic disposition, piety and valour being in him seasoned by gravity and modesty.”—­Purch.


Relations by Mr Elkington and Mr Dodsworth, in Supplement to the former Voyage.[131]

“Since writing the voyage of Captain Downton, I have obtained the journal of Captain Elkington, in which the reader may proceed with this worthy captain to Bantam, and thence to his grave; this history succeeding the former, as its author did in command.”—­Purch.

[Footnote 131:  Purch.  Pilgr.  I. 514.]

In employing the journals of Mr Elkington and Mr Dodsworth, to continue the account of the voyage set forth under the command of Captain Downton, only so much of both are here inserted as answers that purpose, to avoid prolix repetition of circumstances, already sufficiently related.  The journal of Elkington breaks off abruptly, like that of Downton, and probably from the same cause; as we learn from Purchas, in the preceding notice, that Elkington died at Bantam.  The journal of Dodsworth entirely relates to the voyage of the Hope to England, after parting company with the other two ships, except that it mentions several incidents of the transactions previous to the departure of that ship, most of which are here omitted, as already sufficiently explained.—­E.

Sec.1. Continuation of the Voyage from Surat to Bantam, by Captain Thomas Elkington.

On the 4th March, 1615, we descried the Portuguese fleet, which immediately gave us chace, which it continued all that day and the next.  On the 6th, the general came aboard us, wishing us to make ready, as he proposed to turn suddenly round and give an onset upon the enemy:  But, about noon that day, the Portuguese bore up and stood for the coast, and in three hours after we lost sight of them.  At night of the 10th, the Hope departed from us.  The 15th we saw three water-spouts at no great distance; one of them, which was very large, continued for the space of half an hour.  The 19th we doubled Cape Comorin.

The 10th May, the wind and current both against as, the general went to a green island, to the north or the salt hill, where we came to anchor in twenty fathoms on good sand.  We here sought fresh water, but found none.  There were plenty of bogs and pigs on this island, where likewise we gathered abundance of cocoa-nuts.  All about this island is good anchorage, within a stone’s throw of the shore, in twelve fathoms.  The pinnace brought water from another island, about four leagues off but it was brackish.[132] The 2d June we came to anchor in Bantam road.

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