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From Bonthain to Batavia, and Cape of Good Hope


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From Bonthain to Batavia, and Cape of Good Hope (continued)

In the afternoon of the 25th, we found the water much discoloured, upon which we sounded, and had five and thirty fathom with soft mud: soon after we went over the northermost part of a shoal, and had no more than ten fathom, with soft mud. In this place, where we found the water shallowest, it was very foul; it seemed to be still shallower to the southward, but to the northward of us it appeared to be clear. We had no observation this day, by which I could ascertain the latitude, but I believe this to be the northermost part of the shoals that lie to the eastward of the island Madura, and in the English East India Pilot are called Brallerons Shoals, the same which in the Dutch charts are called Kalcains Eylandens. By my reckoning, the part that we went over lies in 5° 50' or 5° 52 S. and 3° 36' to the westward of the island Tonikaky, or S. 84° 27 W. distance sixty-nine leagues. At eleven o'clock the same night, we saw, to the northward of us, the southermost of the islands Salombo. I make its latitude to be 5° 33 S. and its longitude west of Tonikaky 4° 4', at the distance of about eighty-two or eighty-three leagues. It bears from the last shoal N.W. by W. ¾ W. at the distance of about fourteen leagues. It is to be remarked, that hereabout, off the island of Madura, the winds of the monsoons are commonly a month later in settling than at Celebes. The variation here was not more than half a degree west, and we found the current, which before set to the southward, now setting to the N.W.

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