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

Robert Kerr (writer)
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N. and S. and then N. by W. and S. by E. I went ashore on the 15th to observe the order and flowing of the tide, and found it was full sea when the moon was two hours past the meridian, and was dead ebb two hours after the moon set.  I found likewise that the ebb and flow of the tide at this place was 22 cubits[293].  The 16th we left this channel, with the wind at north, and cast anchor half a league out at sea.  The 17th we entered a very good harbour named Dradate or Tradate, the coast from Swakem here winding N. by W. and S. by E. distance 10 leagues.  The land behind the shore is all very low in that space, but three leagues back from the coast it rises into great and high mountains.  This harbour of Tradate, in lat. 19 deg. 50’ N. 10 leagues beyond Swakem, is one of the best in the world.  The entrance is about a falcon-shot across, and grows narrower inwards, but has 20 fathoms water in its whole length with a mud bottom; and a quarter of a league within the land there is a famous watering-place at certain wells, where is the best water and in greatest plenty of any place on all these coasts.  The 19th we sailed at day-light, and advanced 3-1/2 leagues that day, having many shoals to seaward of us, and the coast for these 3-1/2 leagues trended N. and S. On the 20th at sunrise the wind blew from the N. and the sea was rough, for which reason we had to seek shelter within the shoal, entering by a very narrow and difficult channel.  After we were in, the wind came N.N.E. and we remained all day at anchor.  The 21st we left the shoal with fine weather, the wind being at W.N.W. and sailed N. keeping about half a league from the land; and an hour after sunrise we came to a long and fair point of land called by Ptolomy the promontory of Diogenes.  On the north side of this point is a large fine bay named Doroo, and at the extremity of this long bare point there is a large round tower like a pillar.  At the entrance of this harbour or channel there are six fathoms water, which diminishes gradually inwards to three.  The ground is hard clay, and the bay is very large with many creeks and nooks within, and many islands; many of these creeks penetrating deep into the main-land, so that in every place there may be many vessels hidden without being observed from the other branches of the harbour.  A quarter of a league off to sea from the mouth of this harbour there is a shoal which defends it completely from the admission of any sea, as this shoal is above water, and has no passage except by the entrance already mentioned, which trends E. by N. and W. by S. A cannon-shot from this bay there is a great well, but the water is very brackish.

[Footnote 293:  Considering the very small rise and fall of the tide at Swakem, the text in this place ought perhaps only to have been inches.—­E.]

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