A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 14 eBook

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higher out of the water, so that we could open more scuttles in bad weather than our consort.  Our people likewise made a greater consumption of sour-krout and wort, and particularly applied the grains of the latter to all blotches and swelled parts, a regimen which had been omitted by those in the Adventure.”—­G.F.
[7] “After many wishes, and long expectation, we this day, (6th August,) got the S.E. trade-wind.  Its manner of coming on was rather remarkable.  About ten o’clock in the morning, a thick haze began to rise in the eastern quarter, which by noon was become so thick, and had spread so far, that it was with difficulty we got the sun’s meridian altitude; but the N.W. wind, which we had had for about a fortnight, during which time the weather was generally fine and pleasant, still continued to blow.  In the afternoon we had some pretty brisk showers, with which the N.W. wind died away, and it was calm till eight o’clock in the evening, when a brisk steady gale sprung up at S.E., and proved permanent.”—­W.

    Mr F. has given some very valuable remarks respecting the trade-winds
    but they are too long for this place.—­E.

    [8] “Our thermometer was now constantly between 70 and 80 degrees in
    the morning; but the heat was far from being troublesome, as the fair
    weather was accompanied by a strong pleasant trade-wind,”—­G.F.

[9] This is a very fit place for the following curious observations on the formation of the low islands spoken of in the text.  “All the low isles seem to me to be a production of the sea, or rather its inhabitants, the polype-like animals forming the lithophytes.  These animalcules raise their habitation gradually from a small base, always spreading more and more, in proportion as the structure grows higher.  The materials are a kind of lime mixed with some animal substance.  I have seen these large structures in all stages, and of various extent.  Near Turtle-Island, we found, at a few miles distance, and to leeward of it, a considerable large circular reef, over which the sea broke every where, and no part of it was above water; it included a large deep lagoon.  To the east and north-east of the Society-Isles, are a great many isles, which, in some parts, are above water; in others, the elevated parts are connected by reefs, some of which, are dry at low-water, and others are constantly under water.  The elevated parts consist of a soil formed by a sand of shells and coral rocks, mixed with a light black mould, produced from putrified vegetables, and the dung of sea-fowls; and are commonly covered by cocoa-nut trees and other shrubs, and a few antiscorbutic plants.  The lower parts have only a few shrubs, and the above plants; others still lower, are washed by the sea at high-water.  All these isles are connected, and include a lagoon in the middle, which is full of the finest fish; and sometimes there is an opening, admitting a boat, or canoe, in
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