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SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

direction, which is not mentioned in any of the English charts. I have corrected this in my own, and called it Sutherland's Shoal. I made a regular sketch of the island as near as I could, having due regard to all the bays with the best anchorages, and all the probable dangers I could discover. Having sailed twice round the island, I have placed several small reefs and rocks on the chart as I discovered them, and drawn the south side of the island, and shown the direction of the land.

Near the Bay of Shoals I planted cabbages, having brought the seed from Sydney; they proved very good and useful. While here we had abundance of fish of several kinds; the best we found was the snapper, some weighing about seven pounds; they are excellent eating, and preferable to some of our English fish; oysters, and every other species of shell-fish, were abundant.

These, with our daily supply of kangaroos, enabled us to live in great plenty. Indeed, I never was on a voyage which pleased me better, or on which we were better supplied.

HARBOURS AND ROADSTEADS.

Twenty ships could moor within 100 yards of the shore, and the same number anchor in safety farther off, the water being always smooth, sheltered by the land from the north-west, and from the southward by Kangaroo Head, and from the north-east by Sutherland's Shoal, extending from the point below Point Marsden about six miles, always dry at half ebb for nearly the whole distance. The shore is thickly lined with wood and shrubs, interspersed with several high hills protecting the anchorage: the opposite coast on the main is Cape Jervis, which I should judge to be about fourteen or fifteen miles from the first anchorage, but nearer to Kangaroo Head by three or four miles. The main land here is very high, and at the head of the bay wears every appearance of an inlet or river.