A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 12 eBook

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a little sea, for we did not come in sight of the entrance of the second narrow till we had run two leagues.  The distance from the first to the second narrow is about eight leagues, and the course S.W. by W.[20] The land is very high on the north side of the second narrow, which continues for about five leagues, and we steered through it S.W. 1/2 W. with soundings from twenty to five-and-twenty fathoms:  We went out of the west end of this narrow about noon, and steered south about three leagues for Elizabeth’s island; but the wind then coming right against us, we anchored in seven fathoms.  The island bore S.S.E. distant about a mile, and Bartholomew’s island bore E.S.E.  In the evening, six Indians upon the island came down to the water side, and continued waving and hallooing to us for a long time; but as my people wanted rest, I was unwilling to employ them in hoisting out a boat, and the Indians, seeing their labour fruitless, at length went away.  While we were steering from Point Possession to the first narrow, the flood set to the southward, but as soon as we entered the narrow, it set strongly over to the north shore:  It flows here at the full and change of the moon about ten o’clock.  Between the first and the second narrow the flood sets to the S.W. and the ebb to the N.E.; after the west end of the second narrow is past, the course, with a leading wind, is S. by E. three leagues.  Between the islands of Elizabeth and Saint Bartholomew the channel is about half a mile over,[21] and the water is deep.  We found the flood set very strongly to the southward, with a great rippling, but round the islands the tides set many different ways.

[Footnote 19:  “This narrow is about three miles over, and is the narrowest part of the straits.”  Wallis agrees as to the former remark—­E.]

[Footnote 20:  “At the entrance, or east end of the second narrow, lies Cope Gregory, which is a white cliff of a moderate height, and a little to the northward of it is a sandy bay, in which you may ride in eight fathoms water, with very good anchorage.”  “At the west end of the second narrow on the south shore, is a white headland, called Sweepstakes Foreland.”  See also Wallis.—­E.]

[Footnote 21:  The other work says a mile and a half.—­E.]

In the morning of the 23d we weighed with the wind at S. by W. and worked between Elizabeth and Bartholomew’s island:  Before the tide was spent we got over upon the north shore, and anchored in ten fathom.  Saint George’s island then bore N.E. by N. distant three leagues; a point of land, which I called Porpois Point, N. by W, distant about five miles; and the southermost land S. by E. distant about two miles.  In the evening we weighed and steered S. by E. about five miles along the north shore, at about one mile’s distance, with regular soundings, from seven to thirteen fathom, and every where good ground.  At ten o’clock at night we anchored in thirteen fathom; Sandy Point then bearing S. by E. distant four miles; Porpois Point W.N.W. three leagues; and Saint George’s island N.E. four leagues.  All along this shore the flood sets to the southward; at the full and change of the moon it flows about eleven o’clock, and the water rises about fifteen feet.

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