Still throughout the afternoon we were
presented with the
same barren view, except the variation of a yellowish earth mixed with
the heath and coarse grass that covered the hills. At 5 h. 30 m. the land
extended from S. 33° W., to N. 30- W., and the low point set at noon
as the South extreme bore S. 45° W. To the North of this point is
a deep bay or opening which the winds prevented our ascertaining; it bore
S. 61 ° W. seven leagues. The wind remained fixed in the western quarter,
blowing strong at times in squalls. At 18 h. the land was seen from N.
65° W. to S. 65° W., and at noon from I N. 47° W. to S. 65°
W. Some white cliffs west seven or eight leagues.
The extremes of Corea from N. 47° W. to N. 85°
W. eight or ten leagues.
Moderate breezes and clear weather, the wind veering to the I
N. W. quarter.
Before day-light we saw the land to the S. W., which proved to be the
island of Tzima, situated between Nipon and the Corean coast. The coast
of Corea, N. 33° W. to N. 50° W. nine leagues. The island Tzima
was seen from S. 44° W. to W. four or five leagues; and a small high
island, visible only from the rigging, S. 24° E. ten or twelve leagues
by estimation. At half past 21 h. we tacked close in with the island,
the north point bearing N. 68° W. three or four miles. Some rocks
are without this point. Early in the morning we perceived the island to
be inhabited, by their lighting fires in every part. This was a grateful
sight, and what we had been long unaccustomed to on the coast of Tartary.
We also saw four Japanese junks working to the westward, under the land.
The island was of moderate elevation, with some high land in the centre
of it. The vallies