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June the 28th 1681
Tuesday about two of the clock in the afternoon we weighed anchor haveing made an end of coreneing of our ship and we were bound for the sea from gulfo Dulce which I named King Charles's harbour by reason that those Indians gave the harbour freely for the use of the English at all times when I made the peace with them[.] this is a very excellent harbour and very secure from all winds that blows deep water and a bold shore and no danger but what you can see here is good water & great plenty of fish oisters mussles & good plantans on the NW side of this harbour is good anchoring from 25:20 & 14 fathom water cloce by the shore lowland on the So Et side is a considerable Island which is about 2 miles in length it is indifferent high & the enterance is on the No Wt side of it and about 6 leagues distant from it lyes a point of land which I called point Barica on which doe grow cocoa nut trees: & a little distance from it lyes an indifferent bigg Island & high this harbour lyes in N o & S o about 4 leagues & the WtN oWt & EtS oEt part about 6 leagues
Here followeth the returning Journal for the South June the 29th 1681
Illustrated manuscript of Bartholomew Sharpe's diary, made by William Hacke, 1680s. Gift of H.P. Kraus, 1979.