The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 50
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severe gale from the N, West-the sea becomes fearfully tumult-
uous-gale increases-topsail is furled and sails reefed-billows
rolling to a prodigious height-vessel lying on her side and riding
majestically over towering waves-a dutch passenger's hat and
bible blown away he fastens himself to the ropes-we are all
stretched across the deck-water dashes over upon us from bow
to stern-suffer greatly from the cold--gale continues till morn-
ing-high winds till late in the day-find that we are blown off
about 20 miles from the coast--discover smoke in several direc-
tions-supposed to be from the fires of Indian hunters--wind still
from the land-beat up, and down the coast till the evening of
the next day when we discover the mouth of the pass leading into
Galveston bay between the eastern point of Galveston island and
Point Bolivar-after striking on the bar discover the channel
leading into the harbour of the celebrated La Fitte this is a deep
and commodious harbour perfectly secure from any wind having
good anchorage-not knowing the channel we ran into a sand bank
under full sail, next morning found that our vessel was on her
side with not more than 18 inches water. Saturday evening four
or five of us went ashore with our guns and lay till morning on
the soft grass-not knowing that it was Sunday we rambled about
shooting at geese ducks and other waterfowl of the country-which
collect here in innumerable multitudes every morning to feed on
marine substances that are left on the beach by the tide Shot
some fine large red fish which with our fowl and oysters afforded our
craving appetites a banquet that was most exquisitely delicious
and savoury-not able to get our vessel off to day go on shore
again in the evening-kindle a large fire of drift wood-none
growing upon this point of the island-step a little distance to
a small bayou where we gather loads of oysters-roast them and
feast till feasting is a labour and we are invited to repose by "tired
Nature: sweet restorer-balmy sleep." Monday morning see deer
on the island--out shooting again-in the evening at flood tide
succeed in hauling out into deep water-lay at anchor till tues-
day morning-favourable breeze from the South hoist Sail and
pursue the western channel running on the left of Pelican island,
so called from the vast number of that species of bird that are
continually seen on and about it-sailed many miles through
water of five feet depth our schooner drawing upward of four and
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