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a-head, but now the Dolphin being nearly a breast 1767.

April of us, fet her forefail, which foon carried her ahead of us ; and before nine o'clock in the Friday 30. " evening, as lhe fhewed no lights, we loft fight of her. We had a fine eastern breeze, of which we made the best use we could during the night, carrying all our fmall fails even to the top-gala lant ftudding fails, notwithstanding the danger to which it exposed us; but at day-break the next morning, we could but just fee the Dolphin's Saturd, 11. cop.sails above the horizon, we could perceive, however, that she had studding-fails fet, and at nine o'clock, we had entirely loft sight of her; we judged that she was then clear of the Streight's mouth, but we, who were ftill under the land, had but light and variable airs. From this time, I gave up all hope of seeing the Dole phin again till we should arrive in England, no plan of operation having been settled, nor any place of rendezvous appointed, as had been done from England to the Streight. I thought myself the more unfortunate in this fepara. tion, as no part of the woollen cloth, linen, beads, scissars, knives, and other cutlery-ware, and toys, which were intended for the use of both fhips, and were so necessary to obtain refreshments from Indians, had, during the nine inonths we had failed together, been put on board the Swallow, and as we were not provided either with a forge or iron, which many cir

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cumstances might render absolutely necessary to the preservation of the ship: I had the satis. faction, however, to see no marks of despondency among my people, whom I encouraged, by telling them, that although the Dolphin was the best ship, I did not doubt but that I should find more than equivalent advantages in their, courage, ability, and good conduct.

At noon, this day, we were abreast of Cape Pillar, when, a gale springing up at S. W., we were obliged to take down our small fails, reef our top-fails, and haul close to the wind : soon afrer it freshened to the W. S. W. blowing right in from the sea, and after making two boards, we had the mortification to find that we could not weather the land on either tack. . It was now almost dark, the gale increased, driving before it a hollow swell, and a fog came on, with violent rain; we therefore got close under the fouth shore, and sent our boat a-head to find out Tuesday's Bay, which is said by Sir John Narborough to lie about four leagues within the Streight, or to find out any other place in which we might come to an anchor. At five o'clock, we could not see the land, notwithstanding its extreme height, though we were within less than half a mile of it, and at six, the thickness of the weather having rendered the night so dark that we could not see half the ship's length, I brought ço for the boat, and was indeed, with good

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reason, under great concern for her safety: 1767. we hoisted lights, and every now and then made a false fire, but still doubting whether they could be seen through the fog and rain, I fired a gun every half hour, and at last had the satisfaction to take her on board, though she had made no discovery either of Tuesday's Bay, or any other anchoring-place. We made fail the rest of the night, endeavouring to keep near the south shore, and our ground to the westward as much as possible; and as soon as it was light the next morning, I sent the master again, out in Sunday 12. the cutter, in search of an anchorage on the south shore. I waited in a state of the most painful suspense for her return, till five o'clock in the afternoon, fearing that we should be obliged to keep out in this dangerous pass another night, but I then saw her founding a bay, and immediately stood in after her: in a short time the master came on board, and to our unspeakable comfort, reported that we might here come safely to an anchor ; this, with the help of our boat, was effected about six o'clock, and I went down into my cabbin to take some rest: I had, however, scarcely lain down, before I was alarmed with a universal shout and tumult among the people, all that were below running hastily upon the deck, and joining the clamour of those above: I instantly started up, imagining that a gust had forced the ship from her

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anchor, and that she was driving out of the bay, but when I came upon the deck, I heard the people cry out, the Dolphin! the Dolphin! in a transport of surprise and joy which appeared to be little short of distraction: a few minutes, however, convinced us, that what had been taken for a fail was nothing more than the water which had been forced up, and whirled about in the air, by one of the violent gufts that were continually coming off the high land, and which, through the haze, had a most deceitful appearance. The people were for a few minutes fomewhat dejected by their disappointment, but before I went down, I had the pleasure to see their usual fortitude and cheerfulness return.

The little bay where we were now at anchor, lies about three leagues E. by S. from Cape Pillar: it is the first placé which has any appearance of a bay within that Cape, and bears S. by E., about four leagues from the island which Sir John Narborough called Westminster Hall, from its resemblance to that building in a distant view. The western point of this bay makes a very remarkable appearance, being a perpendicular plane like the wall of a house. There are three islands about two cables' length within its entrance, and within those islands a very good harbour, with anchorage in between twenty-five and thirty fathom, with a bottom of soft mud. We anchored without the islands,

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the passage on each fide of them being not more 1767: than ope-fourth of a cable's length wide. Ouru little bay is about cwo cables' length broad, the points bearing east and west of each other: in the inner part there is from fixteen to eighteen fathom, but where we lay it is deeper ; we had one anchor in seventeen fachom, and the other in forty-five, with great over-falls between them, and rocks in several places. Here we rode out a very hard gale, and the ground being extremely uneven, we expected our cables to be cut in two every minute, yet when we weighed, to our great surprise, they did not appear to have been rubbed in any part, though we found it very difficult to heave them clear of the rocks. The land round this bay and harbour is all high, and as the current sets continually. into it, I doubt not but it has another communication with the fea to the south of Cape Deseada. The master said he went up it four miles in a boat, and could not then be above . four miles from the Western Ocean, yet he i ftill saw a wide entrance to the S. W. The landing is every where good, there is plenty of wood and water, and muffels and wild geese in " abundance.

From the north fhore of the western end of the Streight of Magellan, which lies in about latitude 52°4 S. to latitude 48°, the land,

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