Early Australian Voyages By John Pinkerton













































































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The directors of the East India Company, animated by the return of
five ships, under General Carpenter, richly laden, caused - Page 6
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The Directors Of The East India Company, Animated By The Return Of Five Ships, Under General Carpenter, Richly Laden, Caused, The Very Same Year, 1628, Eleven Vessels To Be Equipped For The Same Voyage; Amongst Which There Was One Ship Called The Batavia, Commanded By Captain Francis Pelsart.

They sailed out of the Texel on the 28th of October, 1628; and as it would be tedious and

Troublesome to the reader to set down a long account of things perfectly well known, I shall say nothing of the occurrences that happened in their passage to the Cape of Good Hope; but content myself with observing that on the 4th of June, in the following year 1629, this vessel, the Batavia, being separated from the fleet in a storm, was driven on the Abrollos or shoals, which lie in the latitude of 28 degrees south, and which have been since called by the Dutch, the Abrollos of Frederic Houtman. Captain Pelsart, who was sick in bed when this accident happened, perceiving that his ship had struck, ran immediately upon deck. It was night indeed; but the weather was fair, and the moon shone very bright; the sails were up; the course they steered was north-east by north, and the sea appeared as far as they could behold it covered with a white froth. The captain called up the master and charged him with the loss of the ship, who excused himself by saying he had taken all the care he could; and that having discerned this froth at a distance, he asked the steersman what he thought of it, who told him that the sea appeared white by its reflecting the rays of the moon.

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