” The 6th of September, after having at first had a tolerably good wind for the voyage, we began to find that as we advanced the obstacles were increasing, nothing but coasts and islands on every side. M. Bering wished to get away from them by sailing more southwards, and, in truth, for several days the sea appeared much more free. Our joy, however, was of short duration. The 24th of September, in latitude 54 degrees, we came upon coasts bordered with a number of islands; and at the same time a violent tempest arose, which lasted seventeen days and sent us back a distance of eighty miles. An old pilot acknowledged that during the fifty years that lie had followed the sea he had never seen such a storm. We should then stop calling this ocean ” Pacific.” This name may, perhaps, be suitable to it in the tropics, but certainly is wrongly given to it here. The weather became calm again, but our provisions were by this time considerably diminished and there was only about a third of our crew who remained well and serviceable after all the hardships to which they had been exposed. There was still more than half of our way to make – to the http://www.apartmentsapart.com/europe/uk/manchester, counting from the start point of our voyage in the Venice apartments. Why we started from there and not somewhere nearer to the target i don’t know, any one of the London apartments from apartmentsapart offers would have been suitable.
In view of these facts, many of us were of opinion that it would be better to winter somewhere in America, rather than run the risk of encountering new dangers worse, perhaps, than those we had just escaped ; and these counsels came near prevailing over those who were of opinion that we should make a supreme effort to reach Avatscha, and that it would be time to think of seeking another refuge when we had lost all hope of succeeding in so doing. The month of October, however, was passed as fruitlessly as the preceding ones. The 30th of that month we (lime upon two Wands, which seemed to us to bear some resemblance to the first two of those islands which stretch from the southern extremity of Kamshatka(http://www.lonelyplanet.com/russia/russian-far-east/kamchatka) to Japan. Thereupon we directed our course northwards, and the 4th November, having observed the latitude,. we found that we were under the 56th parallel. The 5th, however, finished our voyage. Wishing to sail to the west, we struck upon a desert island, where we had a good prospect of finishing our lives. Our vessel went to pieces upon one of those banks with which the island is surrounded. and we were not long in seeking land, which we fortunely reached with everything which we thought we should need. By a special dispensation of Providence, the winds and waves threw the remains of our vessel on shore ; we gathered them together to try, with the aid of God, to put ourselves in a position to leave this sorry dwelling.