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

Robert Kerr (writer)
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of April, and pitched his tents on the outside of the town, where he rested four days.  On the 7th he rode away for Mecca, on pilgrimage, leaving orders for the fleet to proceed to Suez[240].  On the 8th the fleet was driven two miles out to sea by a contrary wind, and was obliged to come to anchor among the shoals.  Remaining here till the 11th, we made sail with a fair wind, and at the twentieth hour came into the port of Contror Abehin, where one of our gallies was sunk in attempting to double a point of land.  At this place a carpenter belonging to the Venetian gallies of Alexandria, named Mark, turned Mahometan and remained behind.  Having staid here two days, we proceeded again with a fair wind along shore, and cast anchor in 12 fathoms at a place called Amomuskhi, 70 miles farther.  Setting sail on the 15th two hours before day, the Moorish captains galley got aground on a bank, but was towed off by the boats belonging to the other ships, without having received any damage.  We then coasted along the land 30 miles, to a place called Raban or Robon, where we cast anchor in 13 fathoms.  From the 16th to the 20th both inclusive, we left this place every day, and were always forced to return by contrary winds.  The 21st we departed with an off shore wind; but at the sixth hour of the day were again driven towards the coast by a contrary wind, and obliged to put in among certain banks where we remained all night.

[Footnote 240:  It does not appear that the Pacha ever rejoined his fleet.  It has been already mentioned from De Faria, that on his return to Turkey he was reduced to the necessity of killing himself.  “Cruel and tyrannical men like him, says De Faria, should always be their own executioners.”—­E.]

The 22d we coasted along by favour of a land breeze; but the wind coming contrary were obliged to anchor at a place called Farsi, having only advanced 16 miles.  The 23d we continued along the coast till noon, when the wind changed full in our teeth, and we had to come to anchor at a place named Sathan, having sailed 25 miles that day.  The 24th we proceeded along the coast till noon, when the wind became again contrary, and we were driven to the coast, and came to Lorma, 30 miles beyond Sathan.  We rowed along shore against the wind on the 25th, and came at evening to Yamboa[241].  This place affords provisions, particularly fish and dates.  Their water is kept in cisterns, and has to be brought on camels from a place a days journey distant, as there are no wells or springs.  A days journey[242] inland from this place is a large town named Medinah, or Medinat al Nubi, where is the sepulchre of Mahomet, though commonly said to be at Mecca[243].  We remained at Yamboa six days, and set sail at four o’clock on the 1st of May; but after proceeding only 10 miles the wind became contrary, and we had to anchor among some shoals, where we staid two days. 

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