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Robert Kerr (writer)
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 653 pages of information about A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels Volume 06.

[Footnote 225:  By Ramusio this word is given Arabia.—­Ast.  I. 92. b.]

On the 8th of August, the fleet removed to the north port of Aden, where it remained eleven days, taking in a supply of water.  On the 19th we departed, being 74 sail in all, reckoning gallies, foists, ships, and lesser vessels; the Pacha leaving three foists behind to guard the port.  This day our course was 40 miles E. by N. On the 20th we went 50 miles east with a fair wind at west; and during the night we went other 20 miles E. by N. The 21st we ran 30 miles, east in a calm, and by sunrise 30 more.  The 22d it was quite calm till noon, when a gentle breeze arose which carried us 20 miles east before night, and 50 more during the night in the same direction.  During the 23d, we steered 60 miles E. by N. and 40 miles in the night N.E.  The 24th 40 miles N.E. and other 40 miles in the night in the same direction.  The 25th 90 miles N.E. by E. and 100 miles in the night the same course.  The 26th 90 miles N.E. and 80 in the night.  The 27th 90 miles, and in the night 100, both N.E.  The 28th 90 miles during the day, and 90 more during the night, still N.E.  The 29th still keeping the same course, 90 miles in the day, and 90 more at night.  On the 30th, we sailed 86 miles E. by N. during the day, and 90 miles N.E. by E. during the night.  Still holding N.E. by E. on the 31st we sailed 70 miles by day and 80 by night.  Proceeding in the same course on the 1st September we went 70 miles in the day and 50 in the night.  Holding on the same course on the 2d we ran 30 miles; by noon we were in 35 fathoms water, and at night in 20 fathoms, being within 100 miles of Diu, but 400 miles from the nearest land on the north.  While between 100 and 150 miles from the land, we saw several snakes in the sea, the water often having a green colour, which are sure signs of approaching the land on this coast.

On the 3d the fleet proceeded with calm weather along the shore, and at nine in the morning the Pacha was informed by a boat from the land that there were 600 Portuguese in the castle of Diu, and six armed gallies in the port.  The Pacha made the bearers of this intelligence a present of six kaftans or vests, and dismissed them.  A Jew was afterwards taken on shore by some of the Turkish sailors, and confirmed this account.  This day our course along shore was 30 miles, and we made 30 more during the night.  On the 4th of September at sunrise, we proceeded 30 miles, and cast anchor within three miles of Diu.  Before anchoring, a Portuguese foist was seen coming out of the harbour, which was chased by a half galley all day, but made her escape in the night.

SECTION IV.

The Castle of Diu is besieged by the Moors.  The Turks plunder the City, and the Indian Generals withdraw in resentment.  The Pacha lands.  A man 300 years old.  Women burn themselves.  The Fleet removes.

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