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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
their equipment, made me think that they could
On Friday the 22d of August, 1766, the ship’s company having the evening before received two months pay, I weighed, and made
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