A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17 eBook

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This plan being adopted, I received orders from Captain Gore, in case of separation, to proceed immediately to Macao; and at six o’clock in the evening of the 9th of October, having cleared the entrance of Awatska Bay, we steered to the S.E., with the wind N.W. and by W. At midnight we had a dead calm, which continued till noon of the 10th; the light-house at this time bearing N. 1/2 W., distant five leagues, and Cape Gavareea, S. by W. 1/2 W. Being luckily in soundings of sixty and seventy fathoms water, we employed our time very profitably in catching cod, which were exceedingly fine and plentiful; and at three in the afternoon, a breeze sprung up from the W., with which we stood along the coast to the southward.  A head-land, bearing S. by W., now opened with Cape Gavareea, lying about seven leagues beyond it.  Between them are two narrow, but deep inlets, which may probably unite behind what appears to be an high island.  The coast of these inlets is steep and cliffy.  The hills break abruptly, and form chasms and deep vallies, which are well wooded.  Between Cape Gavareea (which lies in latitude 52 deg. 21’, longitude 158 deg. 38’) and Awatska Bay, there are appearances of several inlets, which at first sight may flatter the mariner with hopes of finding shelter and safe anchorage; but the Russian pilots assured us, that there are none capable of admitting vessels of the smallest size, as the low land fills up the spaces that appear vacant between the high projecting head-lands.  Toward evening, it again became calm; but at midnight we had a light breeze from the N., which increased gradually to a strong gale; and at noon the next day we found ourselves in latitude 52 deg. 4’, longitude 158 deg. 31’, when Cape Gavareea bore N. by W. 1/4, W.; the south extreme, S.W. 1/2 W. We were at this time distant from the nearest shore about three leagues, and saw the whole country inland covered with snow.  A point of land to the southward, which we place in latitude 51 deg. 54’, formed the north side of a deep bay, called Achachinskoi, in the distant bottom of which we supposed a large river to empty itself, from the land behind being so unusually low.  South of Achachinskoi Bay, the land is not so rugged and barren as that part of the country which we had before passed.

During the night we had variable winds and rain; but at four in the morning of the 12th, it began to blow so strong from the N.E., as to oblige us to double reef the top-sails, and make it prudent to stand more off the shore.  At six, the weather becoming more moderate and fair, we again made sail, and stood in for the land.  At noon, our latitude was 51 deg. 0’, longitude 157 deg. 25’.  The northernmost land in sight, being the point we have mentioned as first opening with Cape Gavareea, bore N.N.E.  A head-land, with a flat top, which is in latitude 51 deg. 27’, and makes the south point of an inlet, called Girowara, bore N. 1/4 E.,.and the southernmost land in sight, W.3/4 N., distant six leagues. 

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