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wind being at S. we stood all night westwards, and in the morning had lost company with the Hector, when we steered N.W. with little sail till noon, thinking to get sight of the Hector, but could not.  The 1st February, in lat. 16 deg. 20’ S. we had sight of St Helena, 12 or 13 leagues N.W.  The 2d, having the wind at S.E. we lay off and on east of the island most part of the night, and in the following morning we stood to the north of the island, coming to anchor about noon in the road of St Helena, in 20 fathoms, on blackish gravelly sand.  We had a point of land to the N.E. a sharp hill like a sugar-loaf, with a cross upon it, N.E. by E. the church in the valley S.E.  In this valley there are many trees, the high land S.E. from the church, and the entire valley being full of trees.  We moored S.E. and N.W. the anchor in the offing being in 21 fathoms.

At night of the 3d, we had sight of the Hector coming round the south end of the island, but she could not fetch into the road, yet stood to the northward as near as she could, having the wind at east.  The 4th and 5th our boats went out to endeavour to help her into the road, but could not.  Having a little wind on the 6th, our boats towed her in, bringing her to anchor in 35 fathoms, a mile and half from shore, bearing from us S.W. by W. distant about two leagues.  The 11th we set sail from St Helena, the wind at E.N.E. and steering N.W.  The N.W. part of St Helena is in lat. 16 deg.  S. and the variation is 7 deg. 45’.  The church, that bore S.E. of us when we were in the road, stands in the bottom of the fifth valley from that point which bore N.E. from us.  We came to anchor in the Downs on the 6th May, 1606, where we lay at anchor eight days, waiting for a fair wind.


Third Voyage of the English East India Company, in 1607, by Captain William Keeling.[156]


In this voyage three ships were employed, with about 310 men; the Dragon, admiral, Captain Keeling, who was chief commander or general; the Hector, vice-admiral, commanded by Captain William Hawkins; and the Consent, Captain David Middleton.  The relation of the voyage, as appears from its title in Purchas, was written by Keeling, the chief commander or general, or, as he would now be called, the commodore:  But, by a side-note, Purchas informs us, that he had abbreviated the narrative from the journals written at sea, by Captains Keeling and Hawkins, which were very voluminous, occupying a hundred sheets of paper, and that he had only retained the most necessary observations for sea and land affairs.

[Footnote 156:  Purch.  Pilgr.  I. 188.  Astl.  I. 312.]

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