The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 11 of 268
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of M. de Beaujeu, was ordered to keep together
as far as Cape Finisterre, whence
each was to follow his own course, but this
was prevented by an unexpected accident.
We were come into 45 23' of north latitude,
and about fifty leagues from Rochelle, when
the bowsprit of our ship, the Joly, on a sudden
broke short, which obliged us to strike
all our other sails and cut all the rigging the
broken bowsprit hung by.
Every man reflected on this accident according
to his inclination. Some were of
opinion it was a contrivance, and it was debated
in council whether we should proceed
to Portugal or return to Rochelle or Rochefort;
but the latter resolution prevailed. The
other ships designed for the islands and
Canada parted from us and held on their
course. We made back for the river of
Rochefort, whither the other three vessels
followed us, and a boat was sent in to acquaint
the Intendant with this accident. The
boat returned some hours after, towing
along a bowsprit, which was soon set in its
place, and, after M. de la Salle had conferred
with the Intendant, he left that place
on the first of August, 1684.
We sailed again, steering W. and by S.,
and on the 8th of the same month weathered
Cape Finisterre, which is in 43 of
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