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

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On the 27th of May we proceeded on our voyage, sailing W.N.W.  At noon we were abreast of Tor or Al Tor, and continued our course for two hours after night-fall, when the wind came foul, on which we lay too till day-light, when the Moorish captain set sail again, and the other gallies weighed anchor and hoisted their foresails.  After running 100 miles we came to shoal water where we cast anchor in 6 fathoms, and remained five days waiting for a fair wind.  Leaving the bank on the 3d of June, and holding on our course, we cast anchor sometimes on the western coast[246] and sometimes on the eastern, having contrary winds, and on the 15th we arrived at Korondol, where Pharaoh and his host were drowned, and where are the baths of Moses as they are called.  We took in water at this place, where we staid two days.  The 16th, the fleet sailed from Korondol, and continuing its course for two days together, we arrival at Suez on the 17th of May 1589, whence we had set out on the 27th of June in the former year.

[Footnote 246:  In the original called the Abyssinian coast, but certainly that of Egypt.—­E.]

On the day of our arrival, we began to draw the barks on shore.  The 2d of June we began to haul up the large galley, and next the half galley of the Pacha, all the rest being unrigged and drawn up successively.  On this occasion the whole labour rested on the Christians, who acted as porters and worked all the tackle for unloading, cleaning and unrigging all the vessels:  In short the entire fatigue lay upon their shoulders.  On the 16th, the Lemin[247] came and paid off all the seamen, Christians as well as Turks, giving 180 maidans to each.  The 19th of August, the Emin, accompanied by seven boats, went to Tor to pay off the gallies which remained behind, taking with him all the best and strongest of the Christian mariners to navigate these gallies to Suez, as they were in a manner disarmed, many of their crews having died and others run off.  At Tor all were paid off, and the Christians were distributed among the gallies, which they brought up to Suez on the 20th of October, and were all drawn up by the Christians, who worked hard both day and night.  On the 26th, all the gallies being hauled up, the cables, rigging, tackle, iron work, planks, small cannon, and all the other stores were carried into the castle of Suez.

[Footnote 247:  In Ramusio the Emin, who is an officer of the treasury, or the pay-master.—­Astley, I. 101. a.—­Probably Al Emin, and originally written in Italian L’Emin.—­E.]

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