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Voyage round the World,
IN THE YEARS
MDCCLXVI, MDCCLXVII, MDCCLXVIII, and MDCCLXIX.
By PHILIP CARTERET, Efq; Commander of his Majefty's Sloop the SWALLOW.
The Run from Plymouth to Madeira, and
[The longitude of this voyage is reckoned from London
ON after I returned from a voyage round the world with the Honourable Commodore Byron, I was appointed to the command. of his Majefty's floop the Swallow, by a commiffion bearing date the first of July 1766; the Swallow then lay at Chatham, and I was ordered to fit her out with all poffible expedition. She was an old fhip, having been in the fervice thirty years, and was in my opinion by no means fit for a long voyage, having only a flight thin fheathing upon her bottom, which was not even filled with nails to fupply the want of a covering that would more effectually keep out the worm. I had been given to underftand that I was to go out with the Dolphin; but the difparity of the two fhips, and the difference in B 2
their equipment, made me think that they could not be intended for the fame duty; the Dolphin, which was fheathed with copper, being fupplied with every thing that was requifite for a long and dangerous navigation; and the Swallow having only a scanty fupply of common neceffaries. However, I ventured to apply for a forge, fome iron, a small skiff, and several other things which I knew by experience would be of the utmost importance, if it was intended that I fhould make another voyage round the world; but I was told that the veffel and her equipment were very fit for the fervice fhe was to perform, and none of the requifites 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 fhould go farther than Falkland's Inlands, where the Jafon, a fine frigate, which was, like the Dolphin, sheathed with copper, and amply equipped, would fupply my place. I was however deficient in junk, an article which is effentially neceffary in every voyage, and for this I applied when I got to Plymouth, but I was told that a quantity fufficient for both the fhips had been put on board the Dolphin.
On Friday the 22d of Auguft, 1766, the fhip's company having the evening before received two months pay, I weighed, and made
fail from Plymouth Sound in company with the Dolphin, under the command of Captain Wallis, and the Prince Frederick ftore-fhip, commanded 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 fupply by the commiffioner at Plymouth, in a letter to Captain Wallis, who fent me five hundred weight. This quantity however was fo inadequate to my wants, that I was foon afterwards reduced to the difagreeable neceffity of cutting off fome of my cables to fave my rigging.
September. n -. Friday 22.
On the 9th, very early in the morning, the Tuesday 9. lieutenant acquainted me that, in the night, nine of my best men had fecretly fet off from the ship to swim on fhore, having stripped them-> felves naked and left all their clothes behind them, taking only their money, which they had. fecured in a handkerchief that was tied round their waift; that they proceeded together till they came very near the furf, which breaks high upon the fhore, 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 reft had ventured through. As the lofs of