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

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At noon on the 12th, we were distant about three leagues from the shore which lies under the peak, but the peak itself was wholly concealed by clouds:  We judged it to bear about S.S.E.; and some very remarkable peaked islands, which lay under the shore, bore E.S.E. distant three or four leagues.  At seven in the evening we sounded, and had forty-two fathom, being distant from the shore between two and three leagues:  We judged the peak to bear east; and after it was dark, we saw fires upon the shore.

At five o’clock in the morning we saw, for a few minutes, the summit of the peak, towering above the clouds, and covered with snow.  It now bore N.E.; it lies in latitude 39 deg. 16’ S. longitude 185 deg. 15’ W.; and I named it Mount Egmont, in honour of the Earl.  It seems to have a large base, and to rise with a gradual ascent.  It lies near the sea, and is surrounded by a flat country of a pleasant appearance, being clothed with verdure and wood, which renders it the more conspicuous, and the shore under it forms a large cape, which I have named Cape Egmont.  It lies S.S.W. 1/2 W. twenty-seven leagues distant from Albetross Point, and on the north side of it are two small islands, which lie near a remarkable point on the main, that rises to a considerable height in the form of a sugar-loaf.  To the southward of the Cape, the land trends away S.E. by E. and S.S.E. and seems to be every where a bold shore.  At noon, Cape Egmont bore about N.E.; and in this direction, at about four leagues from the shore, we had forty fathom of water.  The wind, during the rest of the day was from W. to N.W. by W. and we continued to steer along the shore S.S.E. and S.E. by E. keeping at the distance of between two and three leagues.  At half an hour after seven, we had another transient view of Mount Edgecombe, which bore N. 17 W. distant about ten leagues.

At five the next morning, we steered S.E. by S. the coast inclining more southerly; and in about half an hour, we saw land bearing S.W. by S. for which we hauled up.  At noon the north-west extremity of the land in sight bore S. 63 W. and some high land, which had the appearance of an island lying under the main, bore S.S.E. distant five leagues.  We were now in a bay, the bottom of which bearing south we could not see, though it was clear in that quarter.  Our latitude by observation was 40 deg. 27’ S. longitude 184 deg. 39’ W. At eight in the evening, we were within two leagues of the land which we had discovered in the morning, having run ten leagues since noon:  The land which then bore S. 63 W. now bore N. 49 W. at the distance of seven or eight leagues, and had the appearance of an island.  Between this land and Cape Egmont lies the bay, the west side of which was our situation at this time, and the land here is of a considerable height, and diversified by bill and valley.


Transactions in Queen Charlotte’s Sound:  Passage through the Streight which divides the two Islands, and back to Cape Turnagain:  Horrid Custom of the Inhabitants:  Remarkable Melody of Birds:  A Visit to a Heppah, and many other Particulars.

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