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DEPARTURE FROM THE COMORROS.
We remained at the road of these islands for the space of fifteen days, and the utility and comfort to us of this sojourn is past belief. All our scurvy patients recovered their health, and the others got an alleviation of their ailments, as well by aid of the good air as of the good water and fruit. I have remarked that for this malady of scurvy, which is so frequent at sea, there is no better or more certain cure than citrons and oranges and their juice: and after using it once successfully everyone makes provision of it to serve him when in need. At length we set sail, the 7th of June 1602.
The 21st of the same month we repassed the equinoctial line toward the North or Arctic Pole ; but I remarked nothing more than I have already described of my first crossing, except, however, that we did not fall in with so many calms or travades, nor experienced such hardships as we had encountered on the coast of Guinea.
Pitiable wreck of the ship aCorbina, wherein the author was, on the reefs of the Maldives.aHow the men were saved at an island with much trouble, and the miseries endured by them.
What I have said of the discomforts and troubles of our voyage up to this point is as nothing compared with what happened after. I shall now describe misery, the greatest that can be imagined, and I am assured there are none in reading it but will deplore an event so sad and lamentable, which ruined and completely overpowered us. This is how it happened.
The first day of July 1602, being 5A N. of the line, with fine weather, neither too calm nor too much wind, we perceived at break of day that the Croissant had lost her bigThe first day of July 1602, being 5A N. of the line, with fine weather, neither too calm nor too much wind, we perceived at break of day that the Croissant had lost her big