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

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On the east side of Cape Tierawitte, the land trends away S.E. by E. about eight leagues, where it ends in a point, and is the southermost land on Eaheinomawe.  To this point I have given the name of Cape Palliser, in honour of my worthy friend Captain Palliser.  It lies in latitude 41 deg. 34,’ S. longitude 183 deg. 56’ W. and bore from us this day at noon S. 79 E. distant about thirteen leagues, the ship being then in the latitude of 41 deg. 27’ S.; Koamaroo at the same time bearing N. 1/2 E. distant seven or eight leagues.  The southermost land in sight bore S. 16 W. and the snowy mountain S.W.  At this time we were about three leagues from the shore, and abreast of a deep bay or inlet, to which I gave the name of Cloudy Bay, and at the bottom of which there appeared low land covered with tall trees.

At three o’clock in the afternoon we were abreast of the southermost point of land that we had seen at noon, which I called Cape Campbell; it lies S. by W. distant between twelve and thirteen leagues from Cape Koamaroo, in latitude 41 deg. 44’ S. longitude 185 deg. 45’ W.; and with Cape Palliser forms the southern entrance of the streight, the distance between them being between thirteen and fourteen leagues W. by S. and E. by N.

From this cape we steered along the shore S.W. by S. till eight o’clock in the evening, when the wind died away.  About half an hour afterwards, however, a fresh breeze sprung up at S.W. and I put the ship right before it.  My reason for this was a notion which some of the officers had just started, that Eaheinomauwe was not an island, and that the land might stretch away to the S.E. from between Cape Turnagain and Cape Palliser, there being a space of between twelve and fifteen leagues that we had not seen.  I had indeed the strongest conviction that they were mistaken, not only from what I had seen the first time I discovered the streight, but from many other concurrent testimonies that the land in question was an island; but being resolved to leave no possibility of doubt with respect to an object of such importance, I took the opportunity of the wind’s shifting, to stand eastward, and accordingly steered N.E. by E. all the night.  At nine o’clock in the morning we were abreast of Cape Palliser, and found the land trend away N.E. towards Cape Turnagain, which I reckoned to be distant about twenty-six leagues:  However, as the weather was hazy, so as to prevent our seeing above four or five leagues, I still kept standing to the N.E. with a light breeze at south; and at noon Cape Palliser bore N. 72 W. distant about three leagues.

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