2 2o IN SAVAGE ISLES AND SETTLED LANDS
upon the reef. On the left the American Trenton was sunk, close in shore, with some remains of another ship showing above water close to her, while other pieces of wreckage were to be seen in all directions along the beach. The reefs, which extend to some distance on each side of the harbour, have a most nasty appearance. Even in quite calm weather a
big swell rolls in from the Pacific. At one moment all appears smooth water on the top of the great billow ; then the whole sea sinks, and a kind of table of water seems to rise, smooth and shiny, from which the water pours off on all sides, and then a treacherous big flat rock appears, just showing itself before it is again completely covered by the swell.
This bay, nevertheless, often has quite a numberThis bay, nevertheless, often has quite a number