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and fhe Strait of Maga!imms. 16:1 the banks am from live to forty feet high,-sloping to the water, and covered with grass. In the entrance the tide ran live or six knots at the neaps, but inside with only half that rapidity. On the north side, at the distance of a mile and a half, there is a ridge of hills, at the summit of which Captain Fitzroy made an excursion, which he thus describes: ? Our way led through a scattered wood, the only one I saw ou �the north bank of the channel. Most of the trees appeared to ' have been either burned or blown down by the wind, and then �blackened by decay. We reached the foot of the hills at eleven ? o'clock, having commenced our journey at eight, and attained ' the summit at twelve o'clock, whence the view we obtained ? amply repaid us for our trouble. It is a central spot, and, �although not more than six hundred feet above the level of ? the sea, offers as extensive a view as any spot near it. We could ? see the hills 'near Cape Gregory, the Sweepstakes Foreland, ' Elizabeth Island, Cape Monmouth, the high peaks near Cape �Froward, and the range of mountains between it and Jerome t Channel, some of the mountainous !and between Capes Phillip �and Parker, and the whole extent of the Otway and Skyring ? waters. The latter seemed'to be bounded to the north-east by ? down-like bills, about three or four hundred feet high. To the �north of the station extends a range of similar downs, and to the ? east a succession of lagoons completely intersect the fiat country �between it and Peckett's Harbour. No opening was observed t in the eastern side of Otway Water, and the neck of land sepa- ' rating it from the strait near Elizabeth Island, did not seem to ' be more than three or four relies wide.' In consequence of the supposed communication of the Skyring Water with some part of the western coast, a careful examination was mai?e of every opening trending into the interior behind the islands and archipelagos that line the western coast; the result of which has proved that the hypothesis so naturally formed by Cap- tain Fitzroy was not confirmed by fact. A reference to the chart will show how carefully the search was carried on, and with what want of success it was concluded. The deep opening discovered by Sarmiento, and named by him 'Ancon sin saiida,' was found upon examination to extend so far into the interior, and in the direction of the Skyring Water, that the most minute investigation of the numerous sounds and canals was?tnade in the perfect conviction of finding the desired communication. But after a patienrb labo- rious, and minute investigation, particularly of those. openings which led to the son,ward, among which Obstruction Sound held the most flattering appearance, Lieutenant Skyring, who performed this service, was obliged to give up ?he search and return. At one part, near the south-eastern end of the sound, he Dig,tiz?d by Google