At St. John’s
At 2 o’clock in the morning we weighed anchor with the tide. Some pilots chose the new “traverse”, as they knew it better and were more accustomed to it, and others the old one. Others again went between both the “traverses” past the Isles de Potience. The wind continued bad, and as it was low tide at 6 o’clock in the morning we again anchored near St. John’s Pointe. Here we remained until 2 o’clock in the afternoon, which gave us time to get a close view of a large part of the island of Orleans and of the excellent manner in which it is cultivated.
The whole island is splendidly cultivated, and is dotted all over with houses and parishes, so to speak. It is from this island that the inhabitants of Quebec are supplied with most of their provisions for the kitchen and household. The islander’s sources of wealth are the fine soil and the fine breeds of cattle. It is 13 English miles long and has 6 parishes, namely, St. Famille, St. Francois, St. Jean, St. Laurent and St. Pierre. Its south-west point is almost contiguous to Quebec.
At 2 o’clock we continued our journey with much difficulty until 6 o’clock, but we advanced very little owing to a head wind, and cast anchor between St. John’s Pointe and Dauphin’s Ponte after having covered 6 leagues 1 mile in all that day.
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