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?00 Cat?tain Beechesf a V?age. $., and longitude 158' 47' 15" W., is three miles iu length, in a W. by S. direction, and a mile and a quarter in width. Two cocoa-nut tree? in the centre of the island, which, Captain Cook observed, had the appearance of flags, are still waving; and, altogether, the island preserves the appearances. described by that great navigator. The inhabitants of Lagoon Island, with whom the Blossom had some communication, were honest and friendly, forming a striking exception to the general character of the natives of Polynesia. Thrum-cap Island, discovered and so named by Captain Cook, is of coral formatio. n, three-quarters of a mile in length, well wooded, and steep all round; but no lagoon could be perceived. Bougainviile gave this island the name of Lea Lanciers, in conse- quence of the men whom he saw on it being armed with long spears ;--they were most probably visitors from Lagoon Island, as no inhabitants were now seen. Its latitude is 18 � S., and longitude 159 u 08' W. The Blossom was? off it on the afternoon of the 24th, but the surf prevented the boats landing. Egmont Island, Captain Wallis's second discovery, is steep like moat other coral islands, and well wooded, with cocoa-nut and ?.,andanus-trees. The men were armed in the same manner as the agoon Islanders; were friendly, and bartered freely for iron. It was examined on the 25th of January, but without landing. Barrow Island, situated in latitude 20 ? 45' S., and longitude 4 � W. of Gambier, or 159 � W. of Greenwich, was Captain Beechey's first discovery, on the 2�of January. It is a mile and three-quarters in length from north to south, and a mile and three.tenth? in width; it consists of a narrow strip of land, of an oval form, not more than 200 yards wide in any part, well wooded, with three large pits under the trees, containing several tons of fresh water. It has a lagoon in its centre, which the colour of the water indicated. to be of no gmat depth. Traces, apparently of Europeans, were observed on this island; but they were after- wards found to be the relics of the brief residence on these shoroa of some natives of the Chain Islands who had lost their way. On the 2d of February the ship reached Captain Edwards' Caryafoot Island. It is a strip of coral so low that th? sea washes into the lagoon in several places. Vegetation is scanty, but there are no dangers near the island. It is in latitude 20 � $., and longitude 158' 22 t. The lagoon of Osnaburgh Island of Carteret, the next island visited, on the $d of February, and which Captain Beechey pro- poses to call the island of Oanaburgh and Matilda, was entered by a channel sufficiently wide and deep for a vessel of thelclass of the Blossom. The remains of a shipwreck, supposed of'the Matilda whaler, 1o?t in 1792, were found on this nland. It is fourteen Di?ltizecl ?y Googlc