A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 13 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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On the 9th, we continued a south-east course till eight o’clock in the evening, having run seven leagues since noon, with the wind at N.N.E. and N. and being within three or four leagues of the land, which appeared to be low and sandy.  I then steered S.E. by S. in a direction parallel wills the coast, having from forty-eight to thirty-four fathom water, with a black sandy bottom.  At day-break the next morning, we found ourselves between two and three leagues from the land, which began to have a better appearance, rising in gentle slopes, and being covered with trees and herbage.  We saw a smoke and a few houses, but it appeared to be but thinly inhabited.  At seven o’clock we steered S. by E. and afterwards S. by W., the land lying in that direction.  At nine, we were abreast of a point which rises with an easy ascent from the sea to a considerable height:  This point, which lies in latitude 37 deg. 43’, I named Woody Head.  About eleven miles from this Head, in the direction of S.W. 1/2 W. lies a very small island, upon which we saw a great number of gannets, and which we therefore called Gannet Island.  At noon, a high craggy point bore E.N.E. distant about a league and a half, to which I gave the name of Albetross Point:  It lies in latitude 38 deg. 4’ S. longitude 184 deg. 42’ W.; and is distant seven leagues, in the direction of S. 17 W. from Woody Head.  On the north side of this point the shore forms a bay, in which there appears to be anchorage and shelter for shipping.  Our course and distance for the last twenty-four hours was S. 37 E. sixty-nine miles; and at noon this day Cape Maria bore N. 30 W. distant eighty-two leagues.  Between twelve and one, the wind shifted at once from N.N.E. to S.S.W. with which we stood to the westward till four o’clock in the afternoon, and then tacked, and stood again in shore till seven; when we tacked again and stood to the westward, having but little wind.  At this time Albetross Point bore N.E. distant near two leagues, and the southermost land insight bore S.S.W. 1/2 W. being a very high mountain, and in appearance greatly resembling the peak of Teneriffe.  In this situation we had thirty fathom water, and having but little wind all night, we tacked about four in the morning and stood in for the shore.  Soon after, it fell calm; and being in forty-two fathom water, the people caught a few sea-bream.  At eleven, a light breeze sprang up from the west, and we made sail to the southward.  We continued to steer S. by W. and S.S.W. along the shore, at the distance of about four leagues, with gentle breezes from between N.W. and N.N.E.  At seven in the evening, we saw the top of the peak to the southward, above the clouds, which concealed it below.  And at this time, the southermost land in sight bore S. by W.; the variation, by several azimuths which were taken both in the morning and the evening, appeared to be 14 deg. 15’ easterly.

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