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

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We sailed from the Downs on the 10th February, 1612, in the good ship James, and crossed the equator on the 11th April.[69] The 27th of that month, at noon, we were in latitude, by observation, 19 deg. 40’ S. and in longitude, from the Lizard, 11 deg. 24’ W. We this day saw an island fourteen leagues from us in the S.E. which I formerly saw when I sailed with Sir Edward Michelburne.  It is round like Corvo, and rises rugged, having a small peaked hill at its east end.  Its lat. is 23 deg. 30’ S. and long. 10 deg. 30’ W. from the Lizard; and there is another island or two in sight, seven or eight leagues E.N.E. from this.[70]

[Footnote 68:  Purch.  Pilg.  I. 440.—­The relation of this voyage in the Pilgrims is said to have been written by Mr John Davy, the master of the ship:  Probably the same John Davis, or Davies, formerly mentioned as having frequently sailed as master to India in these early voyages, and from whose pen Purchas published a Rutter, or brief book of instructions for sailing to India.  On the present occasion, this voyage has been considerably abbreviated, especially in the nautical remarks, which are now in a great degree obsolete and useless, and have been already sufficiently enlarged upon in the former voyages to India.—­E.]

[Footnote 69:  From some indistinct notices, in the commencement of this voyage, the Dragon and Hosiander appear to have belonged to the tenth voyage of the East India Company, and the Solomon to the eleventh voyage; and that these three ships sailed from England at the same time with the James, which belonged to the ninth voyage.—­E.]

[Footnote 70:  This seemeth the island of Martin Vaz.—­Purch. The island of Trinidad, or Martin Vaz, is only in lat. 20 deg. 15’ S. and long. 29 deg. 32’ W. from Greenwich.—­E.]

We saw the island of St Lawrence on the 29th June, and anchored in five fathoms water in the bay of St Augustine on the 28th at night.  Next day we weighed, and brought the ship to anchor in the river, one anchor being in thirty-five and the other in ten fathoms.  A ship may ride here in shallower water at either side, the deep channel being narrow.  In this anchorage no sea can distress a ship, being protected by the land and shoals, so that it may well be called a harbour, from its safety.  We remained here twenty days, and sailed for Bantam on the 18th of July.

In the morning of the 24th September we saw the islands of Nintam, in lat. 1 deg. 30’ S.[71] The sound between the two great islands is eighteen leagues from Priaman, and eleven leagues from the shoals before Ticoo, which must be carefully avoided during the night, by laying two or three or four leagues off till day-light.  When you see three hummocks that resemble three islands, take care always to have a person stationed on the outer end of the boltsprit to give warning of any spots in your way, as there are coral beds, which may be easily seen and avoided. 

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