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

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The Survey of the Islands continued, and a more particular Description of them.

As soon as the boats were hoisted in, we made sail, and stretched to the eastward, with a fresh gale at S.E., in order to have a nearer view of Erronan, and to see if there was any land in its neighbourhood.  We stood on till midnight, when, having passed the island, we tacked, and spent the remainder of the night making two boards.  At sun-rise on the 21st, we stood S.W., in order to get to the south of Tanna, and nearer to Annatom, to observe if any more land lay in that direction; for an extraordinary clear morning had produced no discovery of any to the east.  At noon, having observed in latitude 20 deg. 33’ 30”, the situation of the lands around us was as follows:  Port Resolution bore north 86 deg.  W., distant six and a half leagues; the island of Tanna extended from S. 88 deg.  W., to N. 64 deg.  W.; Traitor’s Head N. 58 deg.  W., distant twenty leagues; the island of Erronan N. 80 deg.  E., distant five leagues; and Annatom from S. 1/2 E. to S. 1/2 W., distant ten leagues.  We continued to stretch to the south till two o’clock p.m. when, seeing no more land before us, we bore up round the S.E. end of Tanna; and, with a fine gale at E.S.E., ran along the south coast at one league from shore.  It seemed a bold one, without the guard of any rocks; and the country full as fertile as in the neighbourhood of the harbour, and making a fine appearance.  At six o’clock the high land of Erromango appeared over the west end of Tanna in the direction of 10 deg.  W.; at eight o’clock we were past the island, and steered N.N.W. for Sandwich Island, in order to finish the survey[1] of it, and of the isles to the N.W.  On the 22d, at four o’clock p.m., we drew near the S.E. end, and ranging the south coast, found it to trend in the direction of W. and W.N.W. for about nine leagues.  Near the middle of this length, and close to the shore, are three or four small isles, behind which seemed to be a safe anchorage.  But not thinking I had any time to spare to visit this fine island, I continued to range the coast to its western extremity, and then steered N.N.W, from the S.E. end of Mallicollo, which, at half past six o’clock next morning, bore N. 14 deg.  E., distant seven or eight leagues, and Three-Hills Island S. 82 deg.  E.[2] Soon after, we saw the islands Apee, Paom, and Ambrym.  What we had comprehended under the name of Paom appeared now to be two isles, something like a separation being seen between the hill and the land to the west of it.  We approached the S.W. side of Mallicollo to within half a league, and ranged it at that distance.  From the S.E. point, the direction of the land is west, a little southerly, for six or seven leagues, and then N.W. by W. three leagues, to a pretty high point or head-land, situated in latitude 16 deg. 29’, and which obtained the name of South-west Cape.  The coast, which is low, seemed to be indented into creeks and projecting points; or else, these points were small isles lying under the shore.  We were sure of one, which lies between two and three leagues east of the Cape.  Close to the west side or point of the Cape, lies, connected with it by breakers, a round rock or islet, which helps to shelter a fine bay, formed by an elbow in the coast, from the reigning winds.[3]

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