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16?1 Geo!lraphy of Tierra dei Fuego, which communicates with ?e StrUt in that p? called Crooked Reach, dis?ve? ' Otway Water? a la? inland sea fifty mii? long, ?ending ? ?e N. E., ?d sep?a?d from ?e eas? ea- tsace of ?e Strait by a ?now is?mua; the actual wid? of which w? not aacertai?d, for in &e at?mpt the ?a? were ne?!y lost. The ?u&-e?tem shore is high and r?ky, ?d generally preci- pitous, but &e northern is formed by low undula?g gr?sy pinna, free from ?ees, and precisely like the coun? about the eatrace �e S?it. At ?e noah-west corner of the wa?r, Captain Fibroy found the mou& of a channel which c?ried him in a nor?-weat direction for twelve miles, when it o?ned into ?o&er laird salt- water lake, about &irty-four miles long and twen? wide. This was called ?e Skyting Water. The southern ?d w?tem sides of ?e water ?e bounded by moun?inous i?d, but ?e no?em ?om is low, app?enfiy fo?ed of undulating dowm ?d g?y plains, and in some plies watered by rivulet. At the ex?mity of the wa?r, Cap? Fibroy o?e?ed two o?nings, ?pamted by a remarkable c?tellat? moun?n which he c?led Dynerot C?tle. Beyond &e son,emmet o?ning ?ere land visible, not even a dis?t moun?n, which indued Capt?n Fi?roy to suppo? ?at it w? a ch?nel commu?ca?g wi? w?rn coast; but from what we now kno% it is not pmbablo �at it can lead ? ?y?ing of con?quence. It is' perha? backed by low m?shy land r?ching to ?e ?11s at ?e ?ttom of Glacier Bay, whic? from the dis?ce ?ing ?ven? milo, were not visible above ?e boron. The nor?ern o?n?g pro- bably wi?s under Dynerot Castle , and ?rhaps very nearly reaches the bottom of Obstruction Sound. T? Skying Wa?r w? not fur?er explored; p?tly from want of a suffixeat qu?- tJty of prov?ions to undertake it with any p?ct of succ?ings ?d pauly from a strong sou?-westerly gale, from whi? was no shelter for ?e open boa? in which th? examination ?o?ed.. ?e remainder, therefore, of Cap? Fi?my's ?me was spent m perfecting what he had co--enid; and? afar an absence of ?irty.two days, he rejoined h? ship at Po? G?lanC At the westin end of the Fi?roy Ch?nel, which u? the water, ?e shore is well clothed on ?e n? side with lux?ant ?ss and trefoil, wi? here and ?ere a sp?kling of brushw?d, but ? entirely des?tu? of trees. ?e soil, ?ough d?s ? light ?d tolerably g?d; but the gr?nd is ?rf?d eve?whem by some bu?o?ng a?ma!? probably sk?s or ?. The ?ac? of ho?s were noti?d in many places, and ?e bones of guan?coes were scatSred about. Wa?r w? not ve? plen?ful, but ?ve?l sm?l b? ?d springs in the sides of ?e ?11s were ob?, sufficient for all u?ful pu?s. On t? south side of the channel &e i?d ? low but w?: Dig,tiz?d by Google