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

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all these similar remarks of so accurate and faithful an observer.  There is reason to believe that the southern lights had never been seen by any navigator before this voyage of Cook’s.—­E.
[3] “The shapes of these large frozen masses, were frequently singularly ruinous, and so far picturesque enough; among them we passed one of a great size, with a hollow in the middle, resembling a grotto or cavern, which was pierced through, and admitted the light from the other side.  Some had the appearance of a spire or steeple; and many others gave full scope to our imagination, which compared them to several known objects, by that means attempting to overcome the tediousness of our cruise, which the sight of birds, porpoises, seals, and whales, now too familiar to our eyes, could not prevent from falling heavily upon us.”—­G.F.
[4] “One island of ice, which we passed in the afternoon, was near a mile and a half long, and very high.  It was calm most part of the night, so that we found ourselves very near it in the morning, but observed that several very large pieces had broke off from it.  Many great reports, like thunder, were heard in the night, which I conceive were occasioned by these pieces breaking off.”—­W.


Transactions in Dusky Bay, with an Account of several Interviews with the Inhabitants.

As I did not like the place we had anchored in, I sent Lieutenant Pickersgill over to the S.E. side of the bay, to search for a better; and I went myself to the other side, for the same purpose, where I met with an exceedingly snug harbour, but nothing else worthy of notice.  Mr Pickersgill reported, upon his return, that he had found a good harbour, with every conveniency.  As I liked the situation of this, better than the other of my own finding, I determined to go there in the morning.  The fishing-boat was very successful; returning with fish sufficient for all hands for supper; and, in a few hours in the morning, caught as many as served for dinner.  This gave us certain hopes of being plentifully supplied with this article.  Nor did the shores and woods appear less destitute of wild fowl; so that we hoped to enjoy with ease, what, in our situation, might be called the luxuries of life.  This determined me to stay some time in this bay, in order to examine it thoroughly; as no one had ever landed before, on any of the southern parts of this country.

On the 27th, at nine o’clock in the morning, we got under sail with a light breeze at S.W., and working over to Pickersgill harbour, entered it by a channel scarcely twice the width of the ship; and in a small creek, moored head and stern, so near the shore as to reach it with a brow or stage, which nature had in a manner prepared for us in a large tree, whose end or top reached our gunwale.  Wood, for fuel and other purposes, was here so convenient, that our

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