Africa Pilot, or Sailing Directions for the West Coast of Africa

Africa Pilot, or Sailing Directions for the West Coast of Africa

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...will decrease gradually, over a bottom of the same kind, to 31 fathoms at the entrance of the channel. With the rounding of the land between the rivers Mahneah and Morebiah bearing N.N.E., the south-east point of the entrance E. N., and the centre of Matacong island S.S.E. % E. the depth is 31; fathoms. From this position steer N.E. by E. i E., until the east entrance point of the river bears E. S., and then stand in towards this point, remembering that both flood and ebb streams set partially over the extensive shoals that form the south side of the channel; some of these, however, being dry at low water, and others nearly so at high water, their steep boundary is perfectly discernible. In the elbow of the channel across the bar, the least depth is 1 fathoms at low water springs, but this depth continues only a short distance; and from the time of altering course to the eastward, or steering directly in, there will seldom be so little as 2 fathoms. Beyond the eastern entrance point, the depth Varies from 4 to 6 or 7 fathoms, and for the distance of 7 miles up the river, it appeared to be clear of all danger. Graniterock.--At about 4 miles within the east entrance point of the rivera remarkable round mass of granite rock rises abruptly, to a height of about 40 feet. It is about 400 yards in circumference, and situated near the shore on the eastern side; the natives assert that several similar masses are scattered about the plain, as far as the Sangaree mountains, which, they report, are also composed of the same species of rock. Tides.--It is high water, full and change, in Morebiah river at 7 h. 40 m.; springs rise 11 feet. Aspect of Coast.--The contrast which the coast in this vicinity presents to the eye in different states of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236819667
  • 9781236819666