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21 May 1770
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21 May 1770
Monday 21st. In the PM we kept along the East side of the shoal untill 2 oClock when judging that there was water for us over I sent a boat a head to sound and upon her making the signal for more than 5 fathoms we hauld our wind and stood over the tail of it in 6 fathom. at this time we were in the Latitude of 24°..22' and Sandy Cape bore S1/2E distant 8 Leagues. but the diretion of the Shoal is nearest NNW and SSE. At the time we had 6 fathom the boat which was not above a quarter of a mile to the southd of us had little more than 5 fathom - from 6 fathom we had the next cast 13 and then 20 emmediatly as fast as the men could heave the lead from this I did suppose that the west side of the shoal is pretty steep too whereas on the other side we had gradual sounding from 13 to 7 fathom. This Shoal I call'd Break Sea Spit, be cause now we had smooth water whereas upon the whole Coast to the Southrd of it we had allways a high sea or swell from ye SE.
At 6 oClock the Land of Sandy Cape extending from South 17° East to South 27° East distance 8 Leagues, depth of water 23 fathom which depth we kept all night as we stood to the westward with light airs from the southward - but between 12 and 4 AM we had it calm after which a gentle breeze sprung up at South with which we still kept on upon a wind to the westward. At 7 oClock we saw from the Mast head the Land of Sandy Cape bearing SE1/2E distant 12 or 13 Leagues - At 9 we discovered ^from ye Mast head land to the westward and soon after saw smooks upon it our depth of water was now decreased to 17 fathom and by Noon to 13, at which time we were by observation in the Latitude of 24°..28' and about 7 Leagues from the land which extended from SBW to WNW
before to day we seldom saw more than 2 or 3 at a time and only when we
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