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anchor anchorage appearance Ascension Bahia bank beach bearing Berkeley Sound blow boat bottom breakers breeze Cape Frio Cape Horn Cape St Captain channel chart coast of Brasil dangerous depth direction distance East East Falkland easterly eastern eastward entrance extremity Falkland Islands fathoms fathoms of water feet frequently gales harbour heavy Helena high water hills Isle islets land latitnde leagues lighthouse longitnde Maranham meridian miles Monte Video mountains navigation nearly night noon North northward observations ocean parallel passage passed Pernambuco pilot Plata Point Port Port Egmont rain Rat Island Recife reef remarkable Rio Janeiro river rocks round Roussin sail sand sandy season seen ship shoal shore side soundings South southerly southern southward squalls Staten Island steer Strait summit swell tide Tierra del Fuego town trade wind trees Tristan da Cunha vessels voyage weather West westerly westward
Pagina 149 - This plant grows on every rock from low-water mark to a great depth, both on the outer coast and within the channels.* I believe, during the voyages of the Adventure and Beagle, not one rock near the surface was discovered which was not buoyed by this floating weed. The good service it thus affords to vessels navigating near this stormy land is evident ; and it certainly has saved many a one from being wrecked. I know few things more surprising than to see this plant growing...
Pagina 364 - ... saline contents of the water, in which case it would be secondary. The probability of a volcanic origin is, I think, small, from the absence, I believe, of any other indications of volcanic action, and from the great extent of the coast along which it has been traced. What is known of the action of vegetable matter upon the sulphates, and the immense quantities of vegetable matter which must be brought by the rivers within the influence of the saline matter of the sea, renders, on the contrary,...
Pagina 322 - North shore, where they increase the depth of the water, as well as up the river, and particularly in the shallow harbour of Monte Video. Whilst these SW winds blow the air is cold, and the atmosphere clear and elastic, in a degree rarely to be met with in any other part of the world. They are generally succeeded by some days of fine, serene weather, the wind continuing moderate from the southward, or varying to the eastward. I have never known the velocity of the tide or current, in the River Plata...
Pagina 205 - During three days before the new and full moons, the period of the highest tides, the sea, instead of occupying six hours to reach its flood, swells to its highest limit in one or two minutes.
Pagina 165 - I concluded that what we had seen, which I named Sandwich Land, was either a group of islands, or else a point of the continent. For 1 firmly believe that there is a tract of land near the Pole which is the source of most of the ice that is spread over this vast southern ocean.
Pagina 515 - In working into this harbour the shore on the main may be approached within two cables' length. This is a fine place for making captive the great leviathan of the ocean, the right whale, great numbers of which strike on this part of the coast about the middle of June. They are in the habit of playing about the reefs of the island, and that which runs from the continental point before mentioned ; and as the south wind generally prevails, there is no difficulty in getting the dead whale alongside of...
Pagina 352 - Norway, well knew that extreme cold, especially when joined with fatigue, produces a torpor and sleepiness that are almost irresistible: He therefore conjured the company to keep moving, whatever pain it might cost them, and whatever relief they might be promised by an inclination to rest: Whoever sits down, says he, will sleep; and whoever sleeps, will wake no more.
Pagina 109 - Representatives of the people, so to be summoned as aforesaid, to make, constitute and ordain Laws, Statutes and Ordinances for the public peace, welfare and good Government of our said colonies, and of the people and inhabitants thereof, as near as may be, agreeably to the Laws of England, and under such regulations and restrictions as are used in other colonies ; and in the...
Pagina 150 - The town is fortified with an entrenchment, salient angles, and redoubts, which inclose about half a mile in length, and a quarter of a mile in width.
Pagina 164 - Georgia, in which he gave an account of the great number of sea elephants, called by him sea lions, and fur seals, found on the shores, induced several enterprising merchants to fit out vessels to take them ; the elephants for their oil, and the seals for their skins. These animals are now almost extinct ; but I have been credibly informed, that since the year...