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

Robert Kerr (writer)
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At six o’clock the next morning we weighed, and found that the palm was gone from the small bower anchor.  The wind was at W.N.W. with hard rain:  At eight o’clock we found a strong current setting us to the eastward, and at noon, Cape Monday bore W.N.W. distant two miles.  The Tamar being to windward of us, fetched into the bay, and anchored again.  We continued to lose ground upon every tack, and therefore, at two o’clock, anchored upon the southern shore in sixteen fathom, about five miles to the eastward of Cape Monday.  At three, however, I weighed again, for the boat having sounded round the ship, found the ground rocky.  The wind was N.W. with hard rain, and we continued working all the rest of the day, and all night, every man on board being upon deck the whole time, and every one wet to the skin; for the rain, or rather sheets of water, that came down, did not cease a moment.

In the morning, we had again the mortification to find that, notwithstanding all our labour, we had lost ground upon every tack, in consequence of the current, which continued to set with great force to the eastward.  At eight o’clock we bore away, and at nine anchored in the same bay from which we sailed on the 15th.

The wind continued W. and W.N.W. without any tide to the westward, all the 18th and 19th, and the weather was exceedingly bad, with hard squalls and heavy rain.  In the mean time I had sent an officer with a boat to sound a bay on the north shore, but he found no anchorage in it.  On the 20th, at six o’clock in the morning, a hard squall coming on, the ship drove, and brought the anchor off the bank into forty fathom, but by heaving up the bower, and carrying out the kedge anchor, we got the ship on the bank again.  At eight the day following, though the wind was from W.N.W. to S.W. we weighed, and once more stood out of the bay; the current still set very strongly to the eastward, but at noon we found that we had gained about a mile and a half in a contrary direction.  The wind now became variable, from S.W. to N.W. and at five in the afternoon, the ship had gained about four miles to the westward; but not being able to find an anchoring-place, and the wind dying away, we drove again very fast to the eastward with the current.  At six however, we anchored in forty fathom, with very good ground, in a bay about two miles to the westward of that from which we sailed in the morning.  A swell rolled in here all night, so that our situation was by no means desirable, and therefore, although the wind was still at W.S.W. we weighed and made sail about eight o’clock the next day:  We had likewise incessant rain, so that the people were continually wet, which was a great aggravation of their fatigue; yet they were still cheerful, and, what was yet less to be expected, still healthy.  This day, to our great joy, we found the current setting to the westward, and we gained ground very fast.  At six in the evening, we anchored in the bay on the east side of Cape Monday, where the Tamar lay in eighteen fathom, the pitch of the cape bearing W. by N. distant half a mile.  We found this place very safe, the ground being excellent, and there being room enough for two or three ships of the line to moor.

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