National Geographic : 1894 Dec 29
The second Landing-place. 191 steersmen had worked the vessels so far to the eastward that they were off the east instead of the north coast, is a matter of conjecture. I am free to admit the objection and do not attempt to explain it away by guesses. The same objection obtrudes itself just as strongly in the consideration of Watling island. In spite of this objection, however, there is-not another island that for shape, dimensions, distance and direction so fully meets the requirements of the log as does Crooked island.* < \\r Or, _ Atwood Cay I ...... ,, vv >'-ar ; G- a ays . -i tI 9 Fortune lad : . :"' " ;Creek P. C . \e lad 0 Mira porVos J FIGURE 2.-Modern Map of Samand, Crooked and cklin Islands. Let us now examine the claims of Watling island. The only land visible from Watling that lies southwestward is Rum Cay. Its distance from Watling is twenty-three miles, and the course and distance conform to the requirements of the log, but Rum Cay is only five miles in extent on its eastern and eight miles along its northern shore. Several writers have endeavored to show that the squadron passed to the northward of Rum Cay without anchoring there at all, basing their arguments on the * The force of this statement is apparent when one compares the size, outlines and relative bearing of the islands, as shown in figure 2, with the log. On this map is also shown the route in accordance with Captain Fox's views.
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