Friday 16 December 1836

[, on board the wrote. | Read source notes.]

16 December-At eleven a.m., having embarked everything, we got under way and stood over to the western side of the Gulf. At six, made the land out distinctly ahead, and on the larboard beam; but an opening between gave me hopes that some harbour might exist there, although all the information I had before collected from my man Cooper and others was contrary to any such thing, and very soon after we saw low barren-looking land connecting the two points before observed. At seven p.m., blowing hard from the S.E.; we hove to, not to run too near this low land in the dark-and by ten the wind increasing with a high sea, we filled and stood on to the north and eastward. At midnight less sea.

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