Volume 8, Chapter 10, Section 19 -- Eleventh Voyage of
the East India Company, in 1612, in the Salomon.
We sailed from Gravesend on the 1st February, 1611, according to the computation of the church of England, or 1612 as reckoned by others. We were four ships in company, which were counted as three separate voyages, because directed to several parts of India: The James, which was reckoned the ninth voyage, the Dragon and Hosiander the tenth, and our ship, the Salomon, as the eleventh.
I would advise such as go from Saldanha bay with the wind at E. or S.E. to get to a considerable distance from the land before standing southwards, as otherwise the high lands at the Cape will take the wind from them; and if becalmed, one may be much troubled, as there is commonly in these parts a heavy sea coming from the west. Likewise, the current sets in for the shore, if the wind has been at N.N.W. or W. or S.S.W. And also the shore is so bold that no anchorage can be had.
The 18th October, we espied the land, being near Celeber in the island
of Sumatra, in about 3° of south latitude. The 2nd November, coming
between Java and a ragged island to the westwards of the point of Palimbangan,
we met a great tide running out so fast that we could hardly stem it with
the aid of a stiff gale. When afterwards the gale slacked, we came to anchor,
and I found the tide to run three 1/2 leagues in one watch. I noticed that
this tide set outwards during the day, and inwards through the night. This
day at noon the point of Palimbangan bore N.E. by E. three leagues off,
and from thence to the road of Bantam is five leagues, S.S.E. 1/3 E. The
latitude of Bantam is 6° 10' S. and the long. 145° 2' E. This however
is rather too much easterly, as I think the true longitude of Bantam is
144° E. from Flores.
The 7th March, at five p.m. while in lat. 20° 34' S. we descried land nine leagues off, N.E. 1/2 N. The S.E. part of this island is somewhat high, but falls down with a low point. The W. part is not very high, but flat and smooth towards the end, and falls right down. The south and west parts of this island is all surrounded with shoals and broken ground, and we did not see the other sides; yet it seemed as if it had good refreshments. The longitude of this island is 104° from Flores, but by my computation 107°. In these long voyages, we do not rely altogether on our reckoning, but use our best diligence for discovering the true longitudes, which are of infinite importance to direct our course aright.
[Footnote 103: Purch. Pilgr. I. 486. This unimportant voyage is only preserved, for the sake of continuing the regular series of voyages which contributed to the establishment of the East India Company. We learn from Purchas that it was written by Ralph Wilson, one of the mates in the Salomon, who never mentions the name of his captain. This voyage, as given by Purchas, contains very little information, and is therefore here abridged, though not extending to two folio pages in the Pilgrims.--E.]
[Footnote 104: The long. of Bantam is 106° E. from Greenwich. That in the text appears to have been estimated from the island of Flores, which is 31° 20' W. from Greenwich, so that the longitude of Bantam ought to have been stated as 137° 20' E. from Flores, making an error of excess in the text of seven or eight degrees.--E.]
[Footnote 105: No island is to be found in the latitude and longitude indicated in the text.--E.]
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