Voyages In Search Of The North-west Passage By Richard Hakluyt


And the 15th June I discovered land, in the latitude of 60 degrees,
and in longitude from the meridian of - Page 140
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And The 15th June I Discovered Land, In The Latitude Of 60 Degrees, And In Longitude From The Meridian Of

London westward 47 degrees, mightily pestered with ice and snow, so that there was no hope of landing; the ice

Lay in some places 10 leagues, in some 20, and in some 50 leagues off the shore, so that we were constrained to bear into 57 degrees to double the same, and to recover a free sea, which through God's favourable mercy we at length obtained.

The nine-and-twentieth day of June, after many tempestuous storms, we again discovered land in longitude from the meridian of London 58 degrees 30 minutes, and in latitude 64 being east from us, into which course, since it pleased God by contrary winds to force us, I thought it very necessary to bear in with it, and there to set up our pinnace, provided in the Mermaid to be our scout for this discovery, and so much the rather, because the year before I had been in the same place and found it very convenient for such a purpose, well stored with float wood, and possessed by a people of tractable conversation; so that the nine-and-twentieth of this month we arrived within the isles which lay before this land, lying north- north-west and south-south-east we know not how far. This land is very high and mountainous, having before it on the west side a mighty company of isles full of fair sounds and harbours.

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