Report from the Select Committee on Steam-Navigation to India; With the Minutes of Evidence, Appendix and Index

Report from the Select Committee on Steam-Navigation to India; With the Minutes of Evidence, Appendix and Index

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...should thing that arrangement very difficult; you might have a station at Madeira and at St. Helena. 2665. Are those the only two stations?--There is Ascension and Teneriffe also. 2666. What distance is it from Ascension to the Cape?--I do not recollect the exact number of leagues. 2667. Have you encountered the south-west monsoon?--Yes. I made a voyage from Bombay to the Persian Gulph in the south-west monsoon, and was obliged to go what is called the southern passage. We left Bombay in the heights of the monsoon, sailed down the coast of Malabar, round the Maldives, into the latitude of io south, when we ran down our westing, having got sufficiently far to the westward to fetch the Persian Gulf; performing, in my belief, a track of six or seven times greater in extent than the distance between the two places in a straight line. 2668. Do not vessels frequently go direct from Bombay to the Persian Gulf during the monsoon?--There never was, as far as I have heard, but one instance in which it was attempted; that was by a sloop of war or a frigate, and the captain who was a very persevering man, succeeded in getting about half way, when the ship was so crippled and disabled that she came back to Bombay, having given up the attempt. 2669. When you were at the Maldive Islands could you have Socatra on the J. S. Buckingham, larboard tack?--Certainly not; we had not occasion to go so far even as Socatra, Esq. M. p. antj vet we we went further to the westward than the Maldives, in order to make the Persian Gulf. 8 July 1834. 2670. In what direction did the wind blow generally after you bore up in the monsoon from the southern latitude you describe?--My impression is, that it was about south-west. 2671. How much did it vary from that point?--Its...
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
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  • English
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  • 9781236640321