Journals

Fourth Journey (MS 107/3/1-2)

10th August 1779


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[10th August 1779]
10

term: 40 - 65 - 50
sterk gedawt kout geweest. z:o: wind die door den dag sterker en langs strand suidelyker word, dit schynt de frisse z:o: passaat te zyn

reeden met son. weg en de wagen arriveerde na 5 uur rydens aan dese plaats die de hottentot ģawaap noemde de schuit wagen was omgeslagen. en arriveerde een uur later.
het volk had een Jonge gemsbok (pasan) geschoten en een gekwets dit is van het lekkerste wilt. vonden mosselen aan een bank die seer lekker waren. het strant maakt hier enige kleine sandige inhammen, al deselfde strekking. en nog sware branding
ging om 5 uur het strand langs noord noord west op. sag veel tonynen in see spelen. zedert gisteren vind vele droge doorn en willige bomen opgespoeld, die uit oranjes rivier moeten komen.

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[10th August 1779]
10

Thermometer: 40-65-50.
Heavy dew; was cold. south east wind which became stronger during the day and more southerly along the sea shore. It seems to be the strong south east trade-wind.

Wer ode off at sunrise and the wagon arrived after five hours at this place which the Hottentot calls Goewaap. The boat-wagon had overturned and arrived an hour later. The party had shot a young gemsbuck (pasan) and wounded another. It is one of the tastiest kinds of game. Found mussels on a bank which were very good. The shore here makes some small, sandy, bights; everywhere the same features and the breakers still heavy.
At five o’ clock we went north-north-west along the shore. Saw many porpoises playing in the sea. Since yesterday found many dry thorn and willow trees washed up, which must come from the Orange River.