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some other harbour of refuge before attempting to cross the Indian Ocean. Leaving St. Augustine's Bay on the 15th May, the ships arrived at Malailli, one of the Comoros, on the 23rd. A stay of fifteen days here vastly improved the health of the men, and the scurvy almost disappeared.
A course was now laid across the ocean : the line was crossed on the 21st June : on the 1st July some islands and reefs were sighted. The Dutch pilot of the Croissant believed them to be those of Diego de Roys, a supposed group of islands placed in the charts of the period near the equator, in about long. 70 E. ; but the Englishman of the Corbin more correctly recognised them as the Maldives. During the following night, which by order was to have been passed in beating about, the Corbin was practically left to herself. The captain was ill and below, the mate and second mate were drunk, the lights of the binnacle were allowed to go out, and the watch were asleep. In these circumstances disaster was almost inevitable : and in the early morning of the 2nd July the Corbin struck heavily on the reef of what is now known as Goidu, or Horsburgh Atoll. The scene of hopeless panic which ensued is painted in vivid language by the author. All the ensuing day "was spent in arduous efforts to get out the galion, and on the morning of the 3rd the crew were landed at the island of Fuladu.
The survivors numbered about forty men. Many, including the captain, were still sick of the Madagascar fever; others, by drunkenness, had fallen aThe survivors numbered about forty men. Many, including the captain, were still sick of the Madagascar fever; others, by drunkenness, had fallen a