The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society Volume 2

The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...Islands to the north-west, till it reaches the Bahamas, where it is diverted by the Gulf-stream through the channel of Bahama; and it is this branch which at present attracts my particular attention, and in proof of the existence of which I adduce the following remarks: --Vessels bound from America to the West Indies, and chiefly to St. Thomas's, find themselves frequently to the north of the Virgin Islands; and this deviation from their intended course has proved but too often fatal, having brought them on the reefs of Anegada when they thought themselves far to the southward of that dangerous island. Nor can repeated occurrences like these be attributed exclusively to errors in the observations for determining the latitude, or to false reckoning. I left New York the 28th of October, 1829, in the American brig, William and Thomas, bound for St. Thomas's. We made Bermuda the 7th day after our departure, when contrary winds retarding our course, we discovered land in the morning of the 15th November. The captain, according to his reckoning, pronounced it to be St. Martin's, but fortunately observed, on approaching, that it was Virgin Gorda, or very probably the same night would have seen us on the reefs of Anegada. I conversed with Captain Brown of the English brig Francis, bound from Nassau (New Providence) to Trinidad, who having been prevented by cloudy weather from taking an observation for several days, according to his reckoning was far distant from Anegada, and, making land in the evening, considered it to be St. Martin's, but was wrecked on the reefs of Anegada at eleven o'clock the same evening. The American brig Lewis, Captain Turly, bound from Philadelphia to St. Thomas's and Maraiaibo, was wrecked on the southeastern reef of Anegada, more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236677307
  • 9781236677303