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

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Vavee. To rise, Tateetoo.
One,            Usse. 
Two,            Lhua. 
Three,          Tullu. 
Four,           Uppah. 
Five,           Lumme. 
Six,            Unna. 
Seven,          Pedu. 
Eight,          Arru. 
Nine,           Saou. 
Ten,            Singooroo. 
Eleven          Singurung usse.
20,             Lhuangooroo.
100,            Sing assu.
1000,           Setuppah.
10,000,         Selacussa.
100,000,        Serata.
1,000,000,      Sereboo.

In this account of the island of Savu it must be remembered, that, except the facts in which we were parties, and the account of the objects which we had an opportunity to examine, the whole is founded merely upon the report of Mr Lange, upon whose authority alone therefore it most rest.


The Run from the Island of Savu to Batavia, and an Account of the Transactions there while the Ship was refitting.

In the morning of Friday the 21st of September, 1770, we got under sail, and stood away to the westward, along the north side of the island of Savu, and of the smaller that lies to the westward of it, which at noon bore from us S.S.E. distant two leagues.  At four o’clock in the afternoon, we discovered a small low island, bearing S.S.W. distant three leagues, which has no place in any chart now extant, at least in none that I have been able to procure:  It lies in latitude 10 deg. 47’ S., longitude 238 deg. 28’ W.

At noon on the 22d, we were in latitude 11 deg. 10’ S., longitude 240 deg. 38’ W. In the evening of the 23d, we found the variation of the needle to be 2 deg. 44’ W.; as soon as we got clear of the islands we had constantly a swell from the southward, which I imagined was not caused by a wind blowing from that quarter, but by the sea being so determined by the position of the coast of New Holland.

At noon on the 26th, being in latitude 10 deg. 47’ S., longitude 249 deg. 52’ W., we found the variation to be 3 deg. 10’ W., and our situation to be twenty-five miles to the northward of the log; for which I know not how to account.  At noon on the 27th, our latitude by observation was 10 deg. 51’ S., which was agreeable to the log; and our longitude was 252 deg. 11’ W. We steered N.W. all day on the 28th, in order to make the land of Java; and at noon on the 29th, our latitude by observation was 9 deg. 31’ S., longitude 254 deg. 10’ W.; and in the morning of the 30th, I took into my possession the log-book and journals, at least all I could find, of the officers, petty officers, and seamen, and enjoined them secrecy with respect to where they had been.

At seven in the evening, being in the latitude of Java Head, and not seeing any land, I concluded that we were too far to the westward:  I therefore hauled up E.N.E. having before steered N. by E. In the night, we had thunder and lightning; and about twelve o’clock, by the light of the flashes, we saw the land bearing east.  I then tacked and stood to the S.W. till four o’clock in the morning of the 1st of October; and at six, Java Head, or the west end of Java, bore S.E. by E., distant five leagues:  Soon after we saw Prince’s Island, bearing E. 1/2 S.; and at ten, the island of Cracatoa, bearing N.E.  Cracatoa is a remarkably high-peaked island, and at noon it bore N. 40 E. distant seven leagues.

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