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

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On the 12th October, we got the James hove down on the other side to the keel, and on this side we found four very dangerous places, where the main plank was eaten quite through by the worms.  Into each of these we graved a piece of plank, and in one of them we drove a trunnel where none had been before.  We also nailed a piece of lead on the end of the bolt, which had been formerly driven through the keel to stop our great leak.  Our ship was then righted, both sides being finished up to the lower bends.  The Moon was likewise finished on the 21st on both sides.  The 24th we had news that Nangasaki was greatly injured by a fire which began in the Portuguese street, and consumed four or five of the richest streets in the city.

The 7th of December we departed from Firando, and anchored the same evening in the bay of Coetch.  The 16th, Captain Cleavengar and Captain Le Febre returned to Firando from the court of the emperor, bringing the joyful news of having succeeded in their business.  I took my leave of them on the 17th; and the wind being fair, with favourable weather, I set sail from the road of Coetch.

Sec.6. Voyage from Japan to Bantam, and thence Home to England.[286]

The 18th December at noon, the islands of Mexuma bore from us N.W. four leagues off, our course from Pomo being S.S.W. twenty-five leagues.  At noon on the 19th, our latitude was 31 deg. 32’N. the isles of Mexuma bearing N.E. by N. nine leagues off.  The 12th January, 1621, we stood in for the coast of Sumatra, and anchored at midnight in the river of Palembangan in twelve fathoms.  We weighed again in the morning of the 13th, steering along the Sumatra shore through the straits of Banka; and past midnight of the 14th we got to anchor near Pulo Paniang.  The 16th, seeing four ships in Bantam roads, we weighed and stood a little way within Pulo Paniang, when the Pepper-corn’s boat came to us with the master, Mr Morton, who told me there were two Dutch ships in the road and one French ship, the pangran having consented to grant trade, and that it had been agreed to share the pepper in thirds among them.  I also learnt from him, that most part of our loading was already prepared for us at Jacatra.  I set sail, therefore, in the morning of the 17th, and arrived that evening near Antilaky; and in the evening of the 18th we arrived in the bay of Jacatra, [now Batavia bay,] where we found the Charles, the Gift, and the Clove, as also two Dutch ships, the Leyden and the Sun.  The Globe and the Bee were at Hector island.

[Footnote 286:  In the former subdivision of this voyage a sufficient sample has been given of dry nautical detail of courses, bearings, winds, and soundings, and it does not seem necessary to insert the minute uninteresting detail of the return voyage to Bantam, which was along the coast of China, Cochinchina and Camboja, nearly retracing the former course.—­E.]

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