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much corroded by time and exposure to the action of the elements.- 1 piece resembling a lever.--1 ditto with a forelock hole.-1 ditto resembling an old rasp:-1 ditto like the horse of a long-boat.—3 large spikes or bolts converted into fish-hooks by the islanders.—1 small spike converted to a similar use.—3 spike-nails.—1 piece of a ramrod with the head complete, measuring 6-4 inches.—5 small pieces of different shapes and sizes.-- 3 pieces of eye-bolts with the eye remaining - 1 ditto of a stauncheon with the ears complete. -1 large chain-bolt with head complete.-1 piece of a bolt with a hole in its end in which was a piece of forelock. - 3 heads of double-headed shot.--I wedge.--6 pieces of the thin or end part of ship's knees.—2 elbows (making ten now on board) ditto ditto broke off at the bolt-holes.-l piece of a breast-hook broke off at the bolt-holes.--2 carpenter's mawls of foreign manufacture.—1 small caulking-iron.-3 large-sized hooks for ships' tackle-blocks.—1 small ditto ditto. -1 side of a blacksmith's vice, probably the counterpart of that already procured.- 1 piece of iron, to all appearance the swivel of a small gun.- 1 piece ditto of rather a singular shape : probably it was used to hang a bell upon.-1 middlesize brace for a small vessel's stern post.–1 large ditto ditto ship's stern-post curiously cased with a composition of brass, lead, &c.
The last article was no doubt intended to preserve the iron from the salt water, and was probably the kind of braces used in former times, before the present description of braces came into general use, which are made of brass, &c. It is now between thirty and forty years since the present improvement was first invented, and not more than twenty since they have been generally adopted. The ships that went in search of la Pérouse, three years after
his disappearance, were not coppered. Notwithstanding the above-described brace was large enough for a ship of eight hundred or a thousand tons burden, the holes in it were not sufficiently large to admit a bolt of dimensions strong enough to secure the brace of a vessel of a hundred tons burden to the stern-post.
1 piece of thick iron, 4 or 5 inches long.-1 small glass bottle, of ten sides, without a neck.—The bottom of a glass wine-bottle.
The following are the copper, brass, and leaden articles received by the boats :
1 small brass bell, diameter 8 4 inches, without a tongue, having three fleurs-de-lis cast upon it. -1 large brass ship's bell, 12 - inches in diameter, with a piece broken out of the head, and without a tongue.
Upon the front of this bell were cast the holy cross erect, between the Virgin Mother and the image of a holy man bearing a small cross upon his shoulders. On the back were three images, circumscribed in an ellipsis, with the sun shining over them, who seem to be the Virgin Mother, the Saviour, and St. John. On all these casts there are letters, which for want of a proper magnifier I could not make out. To the right of the large cross are the following words :Bazin m'a fait; “Bazin made me.”
1 small brass gun, of two inches calibre, so foul with verdigris as to render it impossible to make out what casts, stamps, or engravings may be on it. -1 circular piece of
brass, with teeth or cogs on the inside, not unlike a piece of the instruments now in use under the appellation of “ Patent Sounding Machines” for ships.—1 piece of brass, bent into the shape of a hook, with a small hole at one end of it.-) pewter or leaden vessel, with four circular lines encompassing it, shaped somewhat like a canister of an 18lb. grape-shot.1 piece of a ship's deep-sea lead.-1 copper fish-kettle, with cover and handle complete, stamped on one side with two fleurs-de-lis.-1 head of a copper ladle, without the handle. I copper saucepan, without cover or handles, with two fleursde-lis stamped on it. I copper purser's scale-1 piece of a copper funnel; and 1 purser's wooden scale, for weighing provisions, turned by the hands of a turner.
The following is the officer's account of the expedition.
“ About seven o'clock yesterday morning, we entered the channel between Mannicolo and the barrier reef which surrounds the island. Perceiving something lying on one of the dry sand-banks on the reef, we pulled out, and found it to be drift wood, thrown up there by the sea. There was also a solitary young cocoanut tree in a flourishing condition growing there, which will no doubt come to perfection if not molested by the natives.
“ At 9 A.M. arrived at the village of Denimah, where we were kindly received, and conducted to the spirit-house, where I delivered to two of the chiefs the presents you entrusted to my care for them, the third chief being then on a visit to Whannow. I inquired particularly from Owallie how the four men saved from the
wrecked ship at Paiow got on shore at Denimah. He replied that they were on a large piece of the wreck, which floated to the front of the village, where they landed; that the natives received them kindly, took them into their houses, where they were entertained for one night, and allowed to depart peaceably next morning by land for Paiow, at which place they arrived in safety and joined the rest of their people, who got on shore there from the ship wrecked in that neighbourhood.
“ Having understood from one of the natives of Davey who was on board, that two of the unfortunate, survivors of the wreck had been murdered at Denimah on landing, I put the question to Owallie whether they had killed the two men or not; which he answered positively in the negative, saying that no person was killed there.
« This conversation ended, we began to trade. I procured here the following articles : two ship’s iron knees, four pieces of the end parts of the same, an eye-bolt, the side of a smith's vice, a piece of a deep-sea lead, a copper saucepan with two fleurs-de-lis on it, a leaden or pewter vessel, a small brace for a ship’s sternpost, a brass hook, and a piece of iron bolt.
“ It being near eleven o'clock, I requested Owallie to accompany me to Paiow, and point out the spot whereon the ship was built, pro
mising in two days to bring him home again safe, with large presents for his trouble ; but he declined going, saying that he had enemies at Whannow. Upon this, his son volunteered his services, which I accepted, and he was accompanied by another young man, each armed with a bow and about twenty poisoned arrows pointed with human bone. I gave each of these intrepid young men a present, and having also bestowed some beads and fish-hooks
the women and children, quitted Denimah.
“ We proceeded along the coast to the southwest, our soundings in the channel formed be. tween the barrier reef and main land being from thirty to forty fathoms, which part of the channel was much more thickly crowded with patches of coral, small reefs, and shoals, than when we first entered it. At noon we rounded the south point of the island, and found the coast tend to the westward.
“ Two miles to the westward of this point I discovered a very fine large bay running into the island in a N.N.E. direction four miles, clear of all patches and other dangers, with soundings over a mud bottom varying from twenty to thirty fathoms. We proceeded up the bay, where I found two rivulets of excellent fresh water disemboguing themselves into the bay at its most northern extremity. The barrier reef is distant from this part of the coast about three miles.