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And after we had sailed for several days we were at the height of these same islands yet had no sight of them. W. we bore eastwards to make the Cape of Bonesperance [Good Hope]. After holding this course for some time we saw black-specked gulls of which occasionally we caught some, with sticks covered with a piece of fat and hooks to them, and so pulled them into the ship by way of pastime. The sight of these said gulls is a token of the Cape of Bonesperance being near, for they BONTEKOE’S EAST-INDIAN VOYAGE 25 followed us to the Cape.
Face p 50 PLATE V BONTEKOE’S EAST-INDIAN VOYAGE 49 50 JOURNAL OF boat a sprit-sail, foresail, mainsail and mizzen-sail. We had also about thirty oars, we laid them across the thwarts as an orlop. The boat was so deep that the men could sit comfortably on their bottoms under the oars, so we set one-half of the men beneath the oars and the other half above the oars and could thus dispose the men conveniently. We were then seventy-two persons in the boat; and looked upon one another most woefully, having neither food or drink.
Our men told me they had sight of a snake that was as much as a fathom thick, but I saw it not myself. This island lies about fourteen to fifteen miles from the coast of Sumatra. We brought as many coco-nuts as we could into the boat for provision, the old nuts to eat and the young ones to drink from. At evening we weighed and went off from the island to the coast of Sumatra; the following day we had sight of it. We came near, kept in along the shore with the wind behind us, held East until the nuts were finished.