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LOSS OF THE GALION.
boat, which she had towed from St. Laurence, where it had been made use of as a pinnace.1 It had been arranged at St. Malo, between our commander and the Merchant Company, that we should build a pinnace at the first land we touched on the other side of the Cape of Good Hope, and for this purpose we had brought all suitable timber, a mast and ropes, ready prepared, and requiring only to be put together. It is very necessary on long voyages to have a pinnace to reconnoitre with in unknown places, to land with on occasion, and to enter rivers where a big ship cannot or dare not venture. I mention particularly the loss of the boat used as a pinnace, and our want of the latter, for with it the Croissant might have saved our men. Soon after, we sighted at a distance great reefs, which surrounded a number of small islands, amid which we perceived a little sail. We approached our General, and let him know that we no longer saw the boat. But we were told that in the past night it had been filled by a heavy sea, and had broken the tow-rope and had gone to the bottom. After this our mate, who alone spoke on these occasions (the captain and lieutenant being both ill, and our English pilot speaking no French), asked what islands they were we saw. The General and his pilot replied that they were called the islands de Diego de Roys 2 In truth,
1 u Le 1 jour de Juillet 1602 ayat cinq degrez daeleuation, la nuict il fit un orage lequel emplit daeau nostre gallion qui estoit attach^ au derriere de nostre vaisseau ce qui nous retarda fort longtemps ; desirant le sauuer nous abbaissasmes les voiles. Au point du jour nous eusmes la veue de plusieurs bancs et Isles qui saappellent les Maldives, ceste perte neetmoins, fut cause de nous sauuer la vie: laquelle sans miracle nous eussions perdue: si de nuict nous fussions arriuez en lieu si dan-gereux, duquel nous pensions estre esloignez de guatre vingts Heuesa (Martin, p. 45).
2 There is much confusion as to these de Roys islands. In Gastaldias maP of 1561 will be found a group of islands to the south-west of the Maldives, and near them: they are marked a Ye desabitatea. There can be little doubt that these are intended for the Chagos. Subsequent maps pushed the group further north, and fixed them on the equator,2 There is much confusion as to these de Roys islands. In Gastaldia s maP of 1561 will be found a group of islands to the south-west of the Maldives, and near them: they are marked a Ye desabitatea . There can be little doubt that these are intended for the Chagos. Subsequent maps pushed the group further north, and fixed them on the equator,