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

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being the same in which the viceroy was personally, when he engaged our fleet under Captain Downton.  During a calm on the 7th, we captured a small frigate-built ship called the Jacinth, which we named the Primrose, which had come from Mozambique and was bound for Goa.  Thence to the 13th, we had variable winds, with calms and much rain.  Finding the May-flower delayed us much, and that our pilots were either ignorant or malicious, we resolved to trust to our own endeavours for finding an anchoring place, for our safe riding till the strength of the adverse monsoon was over, for which purpose we determined upon going to Macera.[300]

[Footnote 300:  From the latitude of this place, mentioned afterwards in the text, this seems to refer to Mazica, an island about sixty miles long and fifteen or twenty in breadth, a few miles from the oceanic coast of Arabia, in lat. 20 deg. 48’ N. and long. 57 deg. 3O’ E. from Greenwich.—­E.]

We descried land on the 2d June, and anchored in seventeen fathoms three miles offshore, in lat. 20 deg. 20’ N. variation 17 deg.  W. We found plenty of water in four or five pits, three quarters of a mile from the shore.  I had forty tons from one well, which we rolled in hogsheads to the beach.  The people were tractable, but we got little else besides water.  A tuft of date trees by the watering place bore N.W. by W. from our anchorage, and the other end of the island N.E. 1/2 E. five leagues off.  The 12th we sailed for the N.E. end of the island, and in the afternoon came to anchor in a fair bay, having seven fathoms on clean ground, a black oozy sand, the N.E. point bearing S. 1/2 a league off, the landing place W.S.W. two miles off, and the north part of the bay N. by W. four miles off.  The latitude of this bay is 20 deg. 30’ N. and the variation 17 deg.  W.[301] In this bay you may ride safely in any depth between five and twelve fathoms.  It is an excellently healthy place, cold and hungry, affording no refreshments except water, enough of which is to be had by digging pits; but it is ill to boat except at the usual landing place.  This place afforded us no better supplies than the former, except that we got a few goats and lambs in exchange for canikens.  Though good anchorage, this bay was much troubled by a tumbling rolling sea, yet we resolved to remain here with the Hart and Roebuck till the fury of the monsoon were past.

[Footnote 301:  The north end of Mazica is in lat. 21 deg. 12”, and its south end in 20 deg. 15’, both N.—­E.]

Having separated some time before from the London, our admiral, we sent on the 19th of June, one Abdelavie, an inhabitant of this island, as far as Zoar with letters in quest of the London.  He returned on the 6th July with letters in answer, informing us that the London was at Zoar, seven leagues within Cape Rasalgat, having watered with difficulty at Teve, where their surgeon, Mr Simons, and the chaplain’s servant, were surprised on shore by the Portuguese and Arabs.  The Hart and Roebuck sailed from Macera, [Mazica,] on the 6th of August, and anchored in the evening of the 8th beside the admiral in the port of Zoar.  This road differs from that in which we were in, being cairn, but the air was so hot as to take away our appetites.

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