Narrative of a Voyage to the South Seas: With the Shipwreck of the Princess of Wales Cutter on One of the Crozets, Uninhabited Islands; with an Account of a Two Years' Residence on Them by the Crew, and Their Delivery by an American Schooner : to which is Added, a Further Narrative of Near Eight Years' Residence in Van Diemen's Land

Front Cover
Hamilton and Adams, 1832 - Australia - 293 pages

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages


Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 238 - ... the channel from the bay inside), and close to the point of this tongue is a small and picturesque island. Here the harbour expands or rather doubles round the tongue of land, and forms a beautiful bay or basin, in which a large fleet might ride at anchor undisturbed by any wind. And from hence, looking directly across the bay, is first seen the point upon which the settlement is now forming, lying half a mile due west from the island. There are besides, three smaller bays from the main sheet...
Page 228 - No beasts of burden are allowed at the settlement, and as the whole of the timber is obtained, and all the buildings are erected by human hands alone, the labour is often of the most excessive kind. In commencing a new place for the procuring of timber, they begin by cutting down the trees and clearing a roadway perhaps a quarter of a mile in length. The large trunks of the trees being then divested of their branches, are rolled or carried and placed longitudinally together until a roadway of about...
Page 236 - I 1> deg. east) is just half-way between Cape Pillar and Cape Raoul, on the southern coast of Tasman's peninsula. These two remarkable capes have a grand appearance on approaching the harbour. The former consists of basaltic columns, built up as it were to an enormous height, and, from the regularity with which they are raised or piled, would almost seem to have been effected by human bands.
Page 119 - Other rare species of the silicious genus have been found in different parts of the island, especially in those which appear to have been washed in former times by the ocean, and which have been deposited in certain ranges or linear positions by the lashing of the waves, and the subsiding of the waters. Of these may be mentioned, though found generally in small pieces, hornstone, schistus, wood-opal, bloodstone, jasper, and that singular species called the cat's eye, reflecting different rays of...
Page 114 - This hilly character of the country, especially on the southern side of the island, admits but of little interruption. The hills are not only frequent, but continuously so, the general face of the island being a never ending succession of hill and dale, the Traveller no sooner...
Page 114 - The hills are not only frequent, but continuously so, the general face of the island being a never ending succession of hill and dale, the Traveller no sooner arriving at the bottom of one hill, than he has to ascend another, often three or four times in the space of a mile, while at others the land swells up into greater heights, reaching along several miles of ascent.
Page 28 - ... this was the only article of the kind that we found, nor did we discover the smallest shred of paper of any kind, except this bible ; and still equally surprising was it, that after we had carefully dried the leaves, it was so little injured, that its binding remained in a very serviceable condition, and continued so, as long as I had an opportunity of using it.
Page 163 - Hobart Town was so named by Colonel Collins, the first Lieutenant Governor, in compliment to Lord Hobart, at that time Secretary of State for the Colonies. Collinsstreet, named after Colonel Collins, was the first street that was begun to be built. It did not run exactly in its present direction, forming an angle with its present line, passing by Mr.
Page 238 - r four rocky gullies and fresh- water streams on this side, where landing may be effected when the wind is easterly. The left or western side of the channel presents a very different aspect. Its rocky line is broken by bays and sandy beaches. There is also an open plain, with an undulating surface, covered with heath and small shrubs, and backed by a lofty range of hills, which run directly up from Cape Kaoul towards the north and south, and a branch range across the centre of the peninsula.
Page 245 - It being of importance that settlers should not receive a greater extent of land than they are capable of improving, and that grants should not be made to persons who are desirous only of disposing of them...

Bibliographic information