One Of The Islands Is Very Small, As It Were A Mere Bank Of
Sand With Nothing On It.
The other is about a mile long, and half a mile
broad, and has nothing upon it but some small store of wood.
September, we weighed from our first anchorage, the ground being foul,
so that our cable broke, and we lost an anchor in weighing, and came
within two miles of the mouth of the river, where we anchored in five
and a half fathoms fast ground, about three leagues from oar former
anchorage. We got here plenty of sheep and beeves for little money, and
having taken in wood and water, we weighed anchor on the 7th, taking to
sea with us four goats, three sheep, and a heifer. We had an observation
three miles from the island, before the bay of St Augustine, which we
made to be in lat. 23 deg. 48' S.
[Footnote 265: The tropic of Capricorn runs through the bay of St
Augustine, being 23 deg. 30' S. rather nearer the south point of the bay; so
that the latitude in the text must err at least 16' in excess. - E.]
The 12th November in the morning we saw an island, which we found to be
Engano, or the Isle of Deceit, and came to its north side. This island
is about five leagues in length, trending E. by S. and W. by N. the
easter end is the highest, and the wester is full of trees.
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