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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 730 pages of information about A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels Volume 09.

The 6th June we anchored at noon in the road of Pullicate, in eight fathoms on sand.  There is a middle ground, having only five fathoms, and within that another, having six, seven, and eight.  The marks for the road where we anchored, are the round hill by the other hill, W. by N. and the Dutch fort S.W. by W. The latitude is 13 deg. 30’ N. and the variation 18 deg. 10’.  Departing from Pullicate roads on the night of the 7th, we were on the 8th in lat. 14 deg. 40’ at noon, having sailed twenty-three leagues since last night, our depth of water being twenty-three to twenty-fire fathoms, and our course N. by E. but the lead is our sure guide on this coast, under God.  The 9th at noon we were in lat. 15 deg. 30’, having the land in sight, but not the high land of Petapoli [Putapilly].  During the last twenty-four hours, we sailed seventeen leagues north, in fifteen and sixteen fathoms.  The high land now in sight is known by a pagoda or pagan temple, and is five leagues from the high land of Putapilly, in the road of which place we anchored on the 10th in five fathoms on sand, this new high land bearing from us N.N.W. the platform of palm trees upon the island E.N.E. by E. and the bar N.W. by N. The whole sea coast is low land.  The latitude here is 15 deg. 52’.  Having established a factory, in which we left Mr George Chansey and our purser as merchants, with other seven men to assist in taking care of our goods, we sailed from Putapilly on the forenoon of the 19th.

We anchored in the road of Masulipatam on the 21st, where we found a ship belonging to Holland.  We remained here for six months, until the 6th January, 1614, and then set sail for Putapilly, where we arrived on the 19th of that month, and remained there, taking in the merchants and their goods till the 7th February, when we sailed for Bantam.  We arrived there on the 20th April, and on the 10th June set sail for Patane.  By noon of that day, being in lat. 5 deg. 44’ S. we had sight of the islands nine leagues from Bantam, our course, after getting clear of the road, being N.N.E. in five, six, seven, eight, twelve, fourteen, and so to twenty-four fathoms.  At six in the morning of the 11th, we were close beside the two islands that are north from Bantam near Sumatra, in lat. 5 deg.  S. and in twenty fathoms; this being the surest course both going to and from Bantam, but it is necessary to keep a good look-out for the sand-banks which are even with the water.  The 12th, being involved in a strong adverse current, we were forced to anchor in a quarter less four fathoms, in sight of a reef, twelve leagues short of Lucapara, and forty-eight from Bantam.

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