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CHAP. X. The Run from King George's Islands, to the Islands of Saypan, Tinian, and Aguigan; with an Account of several islands that were discovered in that Track.

WE pursued our course to the westward the same day, and the next, about three o’clock in the afternoon, we saw land again, bearing S.S.W. distant about six leagues. We immediately stood for it, and found it to be a low and very narrow island, lying east and west: we ran along the south side of it, which had a green and pleasant appearance, but a dreadful surf breaks upon every part of it, with foul ground at some distance, and many rocks and small islands scattered at about three leagues from the shore. We found it about twenty leagues in length, and it appeared to abound with inhabitants, though we could get only a transient glance of them as we passed along. To this place I gave the name of the PRINCE OF WALES’S ISLAND. It lies in latitude 15° S. and the westermost end of it in longitude 151° 53’W. It is distant from King George’s Islands about eight and forty leagues, in the direction of S. 80 W.; the variation here was 5° 30’E.

From the western extremity of this island, we steered N. 82 W. and at noon on the 16th, were in latitude 14° 28’S., longitude 156° 23’W.; the variation being 7° 40’E. The wind was now easterly, and we had again the same mountainous swell from the southward that we had before we made the Islands of Direction, and which, from that time to


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