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Captain Beechey's Yoyage. to the painful glare of a white coral beach; while the others enjoy plentifully the produce of the earth, repose beneath the genial shade of palm or bread-fruit trees, and pass a life of compara- tive ease and luxury. In approaching Otaheite, the mountains were seen at the dis- rance of ninety miles, making their height, on a rough computa- tion, to be 7000 feet; and the island of Maitea was found to be 1432 feet above the sea. _As Captain Beechey wished to prepare his ship and recruit the sailors at Otaheite, previous to his journey northward, he repaired thither after the examination of th? archipelago, and anchored, on the 18th of March, in the outer harbour of Soanoa, about four miles westward of Matavai Bay, in Otaheite; but as the details connected with the stay of the Blossom at these islands do not present us with any facts of immediate interest to geography, we shall not dwell upon this part of the narrative. On the 2�of .April, the ship left the island mentioned above. and reached the low island. of Tetharoa, in latitude 17 � S., and longitude 149 �t W., the watering-place of the Otaheitans. On the 20th of May, the Blossom came to anchor at Honoruru, the principal.port of the Sandwich Islands. On the Ist of June they hauled into Oneehow, the westernmost island of the Sand- wich grou , in latitude ? i �? N, and longitude 1?0 �? W., P .' where Vancouver anchored. This island is famous for its yams, fruit, and mats. On leaving this island, Captain Beechey shaped his course for Kamschatka, in doing which he deviated from the tracks of both Cook and Clarke, passing to the eastward of Bird Island, and gaining the latitude of 27" N., and on the ?sth of June anchoring off the town of Petrapaulski, in latitude 53 �r N., and longitude ?01 �? W. On the lst?of July they weighed anchor again, but only succeeded in getting out of the harbour.on the 5th. On the 10th, Beering's Island was close upon them. Its latitude was determined to be/i5 � N., and longitude 194 � W. On the 17th, they were off St. Lawrence's Island? when they had commu- nication with the natives, who came off in baidars; and on the 19th of Jaly they saw the island of King, which is described as small, but high and rugged. Captain Beecbey examined the Diomede Islands, which were seen from the mast-head at fifty miles distance, and .found them to ,be three in number, as first advanced b.y Captain Cook, and aince put in doubt by Kotzebue, who menteens a fourth, probably East Cape. Captain Beechey named the eastern one Fairway Rock, latitude 65 �f N., and longitude 168 � centre one he left its original name of Krusenstern, latitude (i? �? N., and longitude t� 5b'.W.; and the north-western is Dig,tiz?d by Google