A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 06 eBook

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in the air, all of which gather themselves on the island, and put themselves under the wings of the larger birds.  These smaller birds we named Godetz.  There was also another kind, which we called Margaulx, considerably larger and entirely white, which bite like dogs.  Although this island is 14 leagues from the main[27], yet the bears swim off to it to eat the birds, and our men found one there as large as an ordinary cow, and as white as a swan.  This monstrous animal leapt into the sea to avoid our men; and upon Whitson Monday, when sailing towards the land, we fell in with it swimming thither as fast almost as we could sail.  We pursued in our boats, and caught it by main strength.  Its flesh was as good eating as a steer of two years old.  On the Wednesday following, the 27th of May, we came to the Bay of the Castles; but, on account of bad weather and the great quantities of ice, we were obliged to anchor in a harbour near the entrance of that bay, which we named Carpunt.  We were forced to remain there till the 9th of June, when we departed, intending to proceed beyond Carpunt, which is in lat. 51 deg.  N[28]

[Footnote 27:  This island of birds, judging by the course steered and its distance from the main of Newfoundland, appears to be that now called Funk Island, in lat. 50 deg.  N. 15 leagues N.E. from Cape Freels.—­E.]

[Footnote 28:  From the latitude in the text, Carpunt appears to have been what is now called Carouge Harbour, and the Bay of the Castles may be that now named Hare Bay, 6-1/2 leagues farther north.—­E.]

The land between Cape Razo and Cape Degrad[29], which lie N.N.E. and S.S.W. from each other, is all parted into islands so near each other, that there are only small channels like rivers between them, through most of which nothing but small boats can pass; yet there are some good harbours among these islands, among which are those of Carpunt and Degrad.  From the top of the highest of these islands, two low islands near Gape Razo may be seen distinctly; and from Cape Razo to Port Carpunt, the distance is reckoned 25 leagues.  Carpunt harbour has two entries, one of which is on the east side of the island, and the other on the south.  But the eastern entrance is very unsafe, as the water is very shallow and full of shelves.  The proper entry is to go about the west side of the island, about a cables length and a half, and then to make the south entrance of Carpunt.  It is likewise necessary to remark, that there are three shelves under water in this channel, and towards the island on the east side in the channel, the water is three fathoms deep with a clear bottom.  The other channel trends E.N.E. and on the west you may go on shore.

[Footnote 29:  Capes Rouge and De Grat.  The former being the north head land of Carouge Bay, the latter the north-eastern extremity of Newfoundland, in lat. 51 deg. 40’ N.—­E.]

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