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PASSAGE OF THE CAPE.
also, a multitude of white birds speckled with black spots, which the Portuguese call mangue de velade}
On the 27th December 1601, towards midnight, while it was blowing a strong gale with rain, the night being very dark, we suddenly found ourselves close upon land, and but for a mariner, who by accident perceived it, we had been lost, for the seas at that part are passing heavy and stormy, and there are some great rocks projecting out into the sea. As soon, therefore, as this was descried by the mariner, we tacked sails and ship and put about to sea, and fired off a gun to give our General warning. At daybreak it was observed that we had passed the Cape of Good Hope, and that the cape we saw was that of the Needles.2 This cape
1 Properly mangas de velludo, avelvet sleevesa. Thomas Stevens, the Jesuit, whom Pyrard afterwards met at Goa, thus writes, in 1579 :
a Fowles of sundry kindes followed our ship...... The Portingals have
named them all according to some proprietie which they have: some they call Rush-tailes, because their tails be not proportionable to their bodies, but long and smal like a rush; some Forked-tailes, because they be broad and forked; some Velvet-sleeves, because they have wings of the coulor of velvet, and boweth them as a man boweth his elbow. This bird is alwaies welcome, for he appeareth neerest the Capre a (Hakluyt, i, 161). Linschoten says: aWe saw there also divers of the birds called Mangas de Velludo, that is to say, Velvet-sleeves, for they have upon the ends of their wings blacke points like velvet, all the rest being white and somewhat grey, which they hold for a certain sign of the land that lyeth within the Cape de Bona Esperanza (Hakl. Soc. edition, ii, 243 ; so Mocquet, edition 1645, p. 227). Rivara points out that Pyrard has misdescribed the amangas de velludoa, which is white with black wings, and has given the description of another and commoner Cape bird, known by the Portuguese as the aFeijao fradea (see Lins ch., ii, 250), which is white, freckled with black spots. Dr. Fryer mentions aPintado birds, Mango faleudos, Albetrosses, the first remarkable for their pointed spots of black and whitea (p. 12), without describing the a velvet-sleevea. Mandelslo gives a correct description: a Mangas de valeudo, a kind of sea-mews, being white all over the bodies and having black wingsa (Eng. trans., p. 248).
2 /.e., Cabo das Agulhas, the name by which it is still known. It is the southernmost point of the African continent. Pyrard places it in 35A S.; Linschoten (Hakl. Soc., ii, 249) in 34; it is really in 36A 5' S.2 /.e., Cabo das Agulhas, the name by which it is still known. It is the southernmost point of the African continent. Pyrard places it in 35A S.; Linschoten (Hakl. Soc., ii, 249) in 34; it is really in 36A 5' S.