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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 705 pages of information about A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels Volume 14.

After getting clear of the straits, I directed my course S.E. by E., having a gentle gale, but variable between the north and west.  The late S.E. winds having caused a swell from the same quarter, which did not go down for some days, we had little hopes of meeting with land in that direction.  We however continued to steer to the S.E., and on the 11th crossed the meridian of 180 deg., and got into the west longitude, according to my way of reckoning.

On the 16th, at seven in the morning, the wind having veered round to S.E., we tacked and stretched to N.E., being at this time in the latitude of 47 deg. 7’, longitude 173 deg.  W. In this situation we had a great swell from N.E.[2]

The wind continued at S.E. and S.S.E., blew fresh at intervals, and was attended with sometimes fair, and at other times rainy weather, till the 20th, on which day, being in the latitude of 44 deg. 30’, longitude 165 deg. 45’ W., the wind shifted to the west, blew a gentle gale, and was attended with fair weather.  With this we steered E. by N., E. by S., and E., till the 23d at noon, when, being in the latitude of 44 deg. 38’ S., longitude 161 deg. 27’ W., we had a few hours calm.  The calm was succeeded by a wind at east, with which we stood to the north.  The wind increased and blew in squalls, attended with rain, which at last brought us under our courses; and at two o’clock in the afternoon of the next day, we were obliged to lie-to under the foresail, having a very hard gale from E.N.E., and a great sea from the same direction.[3]

At seven o’clock in the morning of the 25th, the gale being more moderate, we made sail under the courses, and in the afternoon set the top-sails close-reefed.  At midnight, the wind having veered more to the north, we tacked and stretched to the S.E., being at this time in the latitude of 42 deg. 53’ S., longitude 163 deg. 20’ W.

We continued to stretch to the S.E., with a fresh gale and fair weather, till four o’clock in the afternoon of the next day, when we stood again to the N.E., till midnight between the 27th and 28th.  Then we had a few hours calm, which was succeeded by faint breezes from the west.  At this time we were in the latitude of 42 deg. 32’, longitude 161 deg. 15’ W. The wind remained not long at west, before it veered back to the E. by the N., and kept between the S.E. and N.E., but never blew strong.

On July 2d, being in the latitude of 53 deg. 3’, longitude 156 deg. 17’ W., we had again a calm, which brought the wind back to the west; but it was of no longer continuance than before.  For the next day it returned to the E. and S.E., blew fresh at times, and by squalls, with rain.

On the 7th, being in the latitude of 41 deg. 22’, longitude 156 deg. 12’ W., we had two hours calm; in which time Mr Wales went on board the Adventure to compare the watches, and they were found to agree, allowing for the difference of their rates of going:  A probable, if not a certain proof, that they had gone well since we had been in this sea.

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