An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and Successively Performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Volume 1

An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and Successively Performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1773 edition. Excerpt: ...which some of us thought was a land bird. Our men now began to look very pale and sickly, siand to fall down very fast in the scurvy, notwithstanding all our care and attention to prevent it. They had vinegar and mustard without lirnitation, wine instead of spirits, sweet jwort and salop. Portable soup was still constantly boiled in their peas and oatmeal; their birth and cloaths were kept perfectly clean; the hammocks were constantly brought upon the deck at eight o'clock in the morning, and carried down at four in the afternoon, Some of the beds and hammocks were washed every' day; the water was rendered wholesome by ventilation, and every part between decks frequently washed with Vinegar. Sunday 31. jane. Monday t. Wednefl 3. On Sunday the gtst of May, our longitude, by Observation, was 127" 45' W. our latitude 29" 38' S. and the variation, by azimuth and amplitude, 5" 9' E. The next day, at three in the afternoon, our longitude, by Observation, was 129" 15' W. and our latitude 19" 34' S. We had squally weather, with much lightning and rain, and saw several men of war birds. On the 3d, we saw several gannets, which, with the uncertainty of the weather, inclined us to hope that land was not very far distant. The next day a turtle swam close by the ship; on the 5th we saw many birds, which confirmed our hope that some place of refreshment was near, and at II o'clock in the forenoon of the 6th, jonathan Puller, a seaman, called out from the mast-head, ' Land in the W. N. W." At noon it was seen plainly from the deek, and found to be a low ifland, at about five or fix leagues distance. The joy which every one on board felt at this discovery, can be conceived by those only who have experienced the danger, ...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236982592
  • 9781236982599