1:00 pm Very hazy Weather but fair
8:00 pm Served two Cocoa nutts for Supper.
10:00 pm Bore up the Island B WBS 4 leagues.
6:00 am The Island B SSE 10 leagues. Saw 5 others a small one C SBW 5 leagues a little larger one D WBS½S 6 leagues. A High mountainous one E SW 9 leagues another middle size F West 3 leagues and another G NEBE 7 or 8 leagues. Steered between those two last.
10:00 am At 7 hours the Island F bore true South and now proved to be two Islands with only a channel for Boats between them. At 9 hours 35′ a small Key H bearing West. At 10 hours ¾ saw a large Island I SW 8 leagues.
12:00 pm Fair Weather & hazy. The Key H
SEBS½E 2 miles. The Island E SBE½E
7 leagues. The
Isles F East
5 leagues. An
Island K S¾W
Island I SSW to West and discovered another large Island L NBW
8 or 9 leagues
Served a half Jill of Cocoanutt milk and an ounce of the meat to each person for Dinner.
About 6 oClock this afternoon I discovered two Islands WBS 6 leagues and NWBN 8 leagues. I therefore kept to windward of the northermost and passing it by 10 oClock I resumed my Course to the NW and WNW. At Day light in the morning I discovered a number of other Islands from SSE to the West round to the NEBE between which I determined to pass at Noon when I observed, a Small Key bore SEBS½E 2 miles from me, and from S¾W by the SE to East I had past 10 Islands the largest of which might be about 6 or 8 leagues in Circuit. Much larger lands appeared in the SW and NBW between which I directed my Course.
Our supper, Breakfast and dinner consisted of a Gill of Cocoanutt milk and the meat which did not exceed two ounces to each person which was received very contentedly, but we suffered drougth, and I dared not land as I had no Arms and we are less capable of defending ourselves than we were at Tofoa.
To keep an account of the Boats run is of itself laborious, being constantly wet with the Sea breaking over us, but as we advanced towards the land the sea became smoother and I was enabled to form a Sketch of the Islands which will serve to give a general knowledge of their Extent. Those that I have been near are fruitfull and Hilly, some very mountainous and none but are of good height.
To our great joy we hooked a Fish today but lost him miserably disapointed by it being lost in getting into the Boat.