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Streight of Magellan to Otaheite


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CHAP. IV. The Passage from the Streight of Magellan, to King George the Third's Island, called Otaheite, in the South Sea, with an Account of the Discovery of several other Islands, and a Description of their Inhabitants.

AS we continued our course to the westward, after having cleared the Streight, we saw a great number of gannets, sheerwaters, pintado birds, and many others, about the ship, and had for the most part strong gales, hazy weather, and heavy seas, so that we were frequently brought under our courses, and there was not a dry place in the ship for some weeks together.

At eight in the morning of the 22d, we had an observation, by which we found our longitude to be 95° 46’W. and at noon, our latitude was 42° 24’S. and the variation, by azimuth, 11° 6’E.

By the 24th, the men began to fall down very fast in colds and fevers, in consequence of the upper works being open, and their cloaths and beds continually wet.

On the 26th, at four in the afternoon, the variation, by azimuth, was 10° 20’E. and at six in the morning of the next day, it was 9° 8’E. Our latitude, on the 27th at noon, was 36° 54’S. our longitude, by account, 100° W. This day, the weather being moderate and fair, we dried all the people’s cloaths, and got the sick upon deck, to whom we gave salop,


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