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CHAP. XII. The Run from the Island of Savu to Batavia, and an Account of the Transactions there while the Ship was refitting.

IN the morning of Friday the 21st of September, 1770, we got under sail, and stood away to the westward, along the north side of the island of Savu, and of the smaller that lies to the westward of it, which at noon bore from us S.S.E. distant two leagues. At four o’clock in the afternoon, we discovered a small low island, bearing S.S.W. distant three leagues, which has no place in any chart now extant, at least in none that I have been able to procure: it lies in latitude 10° 47’ S., longitude 238° 28’ W.

At noon on the 22d, we were in latitude 11° 10’ S., longitude 240° 38’ W. In the evening of the 23d, we found the variation of the needle to be 2° 44’ W.; as soon as we got clear of the islands we had constantly a swell from the southward, which I imagined was not caused by a wind blowing from that quarter, but by the sea being so determined by the position of the coast of New Holland.

At noon on the 26th, being in latitude 10° 47’ S., longitude 249° 52’ W. we found the variation to be 3° 10’ W. and our situation to be twenty-five miles to the northward of the log; for which I know not how to account. At noon on the 27th, our latitude by observation was 10° 51’ S. which was agreeable to the log; and out longitude was 252° 11’ W. We steered N.W. all day on the 28th, in order to make the and at noon on the 29th, our latitude by observation was 9° 31’ S., longitude 254° 10’ W.; and in the morning of the 30th, I took into my possession the log-book and journals, at least all I could find, of the officers, petty officers, and seamen, and enjoined them secrecy with respect to where they had been.


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