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By PHILIP CARTERET, Esq; Commander of his Majesty's Sloop the SWALLOW.



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The Run from Plymouth to Madeira, and

from thence through the Streight of Magellan.

(The longitude of this voyage is reckoned from London

westward to 180, and eastward afterwards.] wr


COON after I returned from a voyage round

the world with the Honourable Commodore Byron, I was appointed to the command of his Majesty's foop the Swallow, by a commission bearing date the first of July 1766; the Swallow then lay at Chatham, and I was ordered to fit her out with all possible expedition. She was an old ship, having been in the service thirty years, and was in my opinion by no means fit for a long voyage, having only a flight thin sheathing upon her bottom, which was not even filled with nails to supply the want of a covering that would more effectually keep out the worm. I had been given to understand that I was to go out with the Dolphin; but the difparity of the two ships, and the difference in B 2


1766. Auguft.

their equipment, made me think that they could
not be intended for the same duty; the Dolphin,
which was sheathed with copper, being supplied
with every thing that was requisite for a long
and dangerous navigation; and the Swallow
having only a scanty supply of common neces-
saries. However, I ventured to apply for a
forge, fome iron, a small kiff, and several other
things which I knew by experience would be of
the utmost importance, if it was intended that
I should make another voyage round the world;
but I was told that the vessel and her equip-
ment were very fit for the service she was to
perform, and none of the requisites for which
I applied were allowed me. I was therefore
confirmed in my opinion, that, if the Dolphin
was to go round the world, it could never be
intended that I should go farther than Falk-
land's INands, where the Jason, a fine frigate,
which was, like the Dolphin, iheathed with
copper, and amply equipped, would supply my
place. I was however deficient in junk, an
article which is essentially necessary in every
voyage, and for this I applied when I got to
Plymouth, but I was told that a quantity suf-
ficient for both the ships had been puc on
board the Dolphin.

On Friday the 22d of August, 1766, the ship’s company having the evening before received two months pay, I weighed, and made

Friday 22.

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Lail from Plymouth Sound in company with the 1766.

September. Dolphin, under the command of Captain Wallis, and the Prince Frederick store-ship, commanded Frid by Lieutenant James. Brine. We proceeded together without any remarkable incident till the 7th of September, when we came to an anchor in Sunday 7. Madeira road.

While I lay at this place, not being yet acquainted with my destination, I represented my want of junk, and the reply that had been made to my application for a supply by the commissioner at Plymouth, in a letter to Captain Wallis, who sent me five hundred weight. This quantity however was so inadequate to my wants, that I was soon afterwards reduced to.. the disagreeable necessity of cutting off some of my cables to save my rigging.

On the oth, very early in the morning, the Taesday 9. lieutenant acquainted me that, in the night, nine of my best men had fecretly set off from the ship to swim on shore, having stripped them. felves naked and left all their clothes behind them, taking only their money, which they had secured in a handkerchief that was tied round their waist; that they proceeded together till they came very near the surf, which breaks high upon the shore, and that one of them, being then terrified at the found, had swum back again to the ship, and been taken on board, but that the rest had ventured through. As the loss of


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