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PUBLISHED WUKKIJ,, AT, HONOLULU, OAIIU, SANDWICH ISLANDS.
j. J. JARVES, Editor.
SATURDAY, JULY 4, 1810.
Vol. 1. IVo. I.
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THROUGH THE STRAITS OF MAGELLAN
lu the Schooner Jforsc of Boston 98
tons (Late the United States Revenue
Continued from No. 3.
While our men were employed in
the various necessary duties of wood
ing, watering", &c., I strolled along the
shore in search of game ; met with but
few fowls. They were wild ducks and
divers. Near the S. W. point of the
harbor is the entrance to a river
with a deposite of sand at its mouth,
of a horse shoe shape. I followed the
river up lor about a mile its waters
were rather shallow and choked up
with drift wood and fallen trees. Wish
ing to make a short cut over to the
harbor, I entered a thick wood which
lay before me ; f had not been long in
it however before I became lost in
the labyrinth of underwood. I became
alarmed. The sun was obscured by
the trees ; I saw nothing that could
serve me as a guide through. The
thought of being likely to die of cold
and starvation came over me for a mo
ment with withering effect. Robinson
Crusoe like, I got .up into one of the
tallest trees to take my bearings but
neither hill or sun or any thing else
that might serve to tell me of my posi
tion and true course to the harbor
could be seen. As I was descending
the branch on which I stood gave way,
and precipitated me to the bottom.
The ground being thickly covered with
enow prevented serious injury. I rose
with feelings of despair. Wandering
about for an hour or more, I at last
emerged into a clear space in tlie forest
and once more beheld the glorious sun,
shining in all his majesty ; to me a bea
con light, pointing the way to life and
preservation. With much difficulty I
made my way to the shores of the har
bor thankful for my escape from the
death which 1 had been threatened with
and resolved never again to enter an
unknown wood. Port Famine is an
excellent harbor, with good holding
ground and well sheltered from the
prevailing winds plenty of wood and
water some game. We saw but one
deer, and were fortunate enough to
shoot it. This harbor appears to have
been much frequented. We saw many
grave stones or boards someofthem
with inscriptions telling the fate of
the poor mariner who sleeps beneath.
With a light air from the N. W and
pleasant weather, we got underweigh
on the morning of the 27 July, and
stood towards Cape St. Isidro, when
abreast of the Bay of St. Nicholas the
wind hauled to the westward, with
threatening appearances of a snow
storm ;vc therefore judged it prudent
to seek shelter in the bay just named.
Came too, in l fathoms water about
half way. between a small islet in
the bay and the shore or base of the
Peak of Nodales which is a high
mountain forming the western side of
the bay and aiibrding shelter from
the westerly gales. Here we were
detained at anchor seven days and
never before did I experience such
stormy weather. The wind generally
blew from the S. W. rolling down the
mountain's side in veins and with ter
rific violence. No one who has not
experienced these mountain gusts can
conceive a proper idea of their force.
They are called by the sealers, "Willi
was." Ships at anchor are tossed about
by them like corks upon the water.
Boats hung at a vessels quarter, unless
well secured by gripes are blown away.
During our detention at this place a
great quantity of snow fell and when
ever the wind hauled to the south the
cold was very severe. On the 5th Au-
watcr ! The lead at the same time
showing five fathoms water under the
stern and dfeet amidships ! We made
sonic attemps to haul her o(T, but they
were rendered ineffectual in conse
quenco of the tide being upon the ebb.
At the next Hood tide, the vessel was
got o IV without the least difficulty or
damage. The night was stormy and
the wind in the straits blew hard, but
wo were well sheltered in a snug
place. This bay is an excellent place
to wood and water.
The climate, from Cape Froward to
this place appeared much milder than to
the eastward the mountains for half the
distance from the shore upwards were
free from snow the leaves upon the
trees were quite green.
From Wood's Bay we beat up to For
tescue Bay the wind blowing out, and
night approaching, we ran over to the op
posite shore and came to anchor about
dusk among Charles's Islands. The har
bor is a good one and formed by the three
islands of which the group is composed.
At the the proper anchorage the water
is perfectly smooth being well sheltered
from all winds. The position taken up
by us was too far out hi the passage to
1 lie N. W. entrance being exposed to
the westerly wind and swell. There are
three "outlets from the harbor of these
islands; one to the N. W., S. W., and
S. E. Each of them are however dilli-
cult of egress. The latter passage ought
never to be attempted ; being very narrow
with many, straggling rocks at its mouth
and subject to ballling winds. The two
former are also narrow, and rendered dif
ficult by the prevailing winds drawing
into their passages. Judging from the
tops of the trees on these islands being
pressed Inwards the S. E, the winds from
the N. W. blow here for the most part
of the year. After another week's de
tention by stormy thick weather and head
winds, we beat out through the N. W.
passage of the Islands and towards Eliz-
gust we made another attempt to get i nhuiU Bay on the northern shore of the
westward. The wind was light and
ahead. We therefore were obliged to
turn to windward and passed Cape
Froward in the afternoon. This Cape
is the most southern point of the
continent of America. At dark just
perceived the entrance of the small
cove which lies in Wood's bay, under
the lee of Cape Holland. The wea
ther appearing unpromising, we be
came anxious to reach a shelter before
a storm came on we therefore stood
boldly for the little cove above named ;
owing to the darkness of the night
and irregularity of soundings in the bay,
the vessel (at her stem) unfortunately
touched upon the sand bank which cx
tends'oiTfrom the northern shore. So
gently however did the vessel strike and
so bold was the bank that we were not
aware of the fact until the anchor was
let go when it dropped in seven feet I
Straits. At dark we came to anchor near
Passage Point. The weather very thick
from falling snow. Next dav made nnoth
er attempt to advance to the westward
hut owing to the thick snow and blow
ing weather, did not reach farther than
the bay which makes in a little to the
eastward of York Beads.
Ihursday, Aug. 15. At meridian the
weather cleared up wind still from the
westward got under weigh and beat to
To ho continued.
From the Knickerbocker. Continued from No. 3.
'How much did you say it was?'
three-and-sixpence?' asked the lady.
'Four-and-six-pcnce, if you please
ma'am,' said the driver.
'0, W-and-six-pencc!' And after
a good deal of fumbling, and shaking
of her pockets, she at last produced a
half dollar, and a York shilling, and
put them into the driver's hand.
'That is not enough, ma'am,' said
the driver; 'I want nine-pence more.
'What ! aint we in York state?' she
'No, ma'am,' replied the driver;' it
is six shillings, York money.'
'Well,' said the lady, I used to be
quite good at reckoning, when I was
to home, in the state of New-Hampshire;
I 'vc reckoned up many a fish
v'ynge; but since I have got so fur
from home, I b'lieve I am beginning
to lose my mental faculties.'
'I'll take that other nine-pence, if
you please, ma'am,' said the driver, in
a voice approaching a little nearer to
impatience. At last, after making al
lusion two or three times more to her
native state, and her deceased hus
band, (happy man!) she handed the
driver his nine-pence, and we were
in motion. Although my fellow trav
ellers remained silent all the time
she was disputing with the driver, yet
.1 1 -a a mm .
liiey looked as though they were wish
ing the New-Hampshire lady some of
the worst wishes that could be im-
'Do you think it's (an-gcrous on this
road? began the lady, as soon as the
door was closed. 'I am a very lengthy
way irom nomc, in the state ol JNcw-
Iampshirc; and if any thing should
lappen, I do n't know what I should
do. I am mute unfamiliar with trnvol-
ing; and I hope you won't think me
obtrusive; I am a widow lady; my hus
band, this little girl's father, has been
lead these two years, come this
spring; and I am going with her to the
Springs: she has got a dreadful bad
complaint in her stomach. Are. vou
going to the Springs, Sir?' she said,
...1.1 1 ,1 . 1 i
iuiurcssuig nerseii io me lnvaiiu, who
shook his head in reply.
'Ah; are you going. Sir?' she said.
addressing the humorist.
'No, I am not,' he replied;' and if I
were lut the contingency was
'Are you? she asked, turning to mc.
Ah, I am very sorry; I should like
o put myself under the care of some
clever gentleman; it is so awful un
pleasant lor a lady to be so fur from
home, without a protector. I am from
the state of New-Hampshire, and this;
is the first time I ever went a-travcl-ling
in my life. Do you know any
body in Ncw-IIainpshirc?'
'No, madam, I do not,' said the
humorist,' and I hope you will excuse
me lor saying that I never wish to.'
'Hell, now that is very strange.'
continued the gossip; 'I hav'n't met a
single soul that 1 know, since I left
home; and I am in a public way,, too;
i.ioiiow schooi-kccpin, mostly, for an
occupation; and I am acquainted with
all the lirst people in the state. I have
been a school-teacher ever since my
husbjmd died, this poor little girl's
father, two years ago; I am very "well
known in Kocky-bottom, Bockingham
county, in the state of New-Hampshire;
I know all the first gentlemen
in the place. There's Squire Good
win, Squire Cushman, Mr. Timothy
Havens, -Mr. Zacchcus Upham, Doc
tor David '
humorist,' I can't stand this! Driver!
stop, and let me get out!'