Esteemed Readers, hurrah! Get prepared! We are mooring to the Cape! We will spend a couple of days there, so take only necessary luggage. Vive le Roy!
Aboard the Oiseau, 28 May 1685
“…We are pleased: the wind is strong, the sea is alike a mountain. It made us hungry faster. The sea sway has never been so powerful yet. We dined in the open holding our plates. We noticed our canons to dive several times. Birds appeared. We saw a log passing by. These are signs that the land is near. We are looking forward for tomorrow to behold it…”
Aboard the Oiseau, 29 May 1685
“…Last night the wind was so powerful that we had to heave to, otherwise we risked to move in a direction opposite to the land. At dawn we re-set sails but in vain. It rained. It was sunny afterwards. A perfect serenity reigned for the whole day. Oh! I forgot to tell you what we have seen! Some days ago at night we beheld a rainbow in its ordinary colours. That’s true it was not too intense, the white was dominant. Is it fair that lunar rainbows are not as bright as solar ones?…”
Aboard the Oiseau, 30 May 1685
“…The wind is strong. We are in full sails. The sea is magnificent. We do two lieuës per hour. The Cape has not appeared yet.We are said that, in fact, the land is very high. It is not cloudy. So we have to sail another twenty lieuës.
Land! Land! That’s wonderful! We see the land! We see the Cape. We are less than twelve lieuës from it. What a joy after such a long time! We will have greens! The wind is not good to anchor bt it will calm down at night…”
Dieu Vous Ait en Sa Sainte Garde,
Vostre l’Abbé de Choisy ”
Image: Aubusson, tapestry.