The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 14 of 268
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44' of north latitude and in 344 of longitude.
The 30th we had a storm, which continued
violent for two days; but, being right
astern of us, we only lost sight of the ketch
for want of good steering, but she joined
us again in a few days after.
The 6th of September we were under the
tropic of Cancer, in 23 30' of north latitude
and 319 of longitude. There M. de
la Salle's obstructing the ceremony the sailors
call ducking gave them occasion to mutter
again, and rendered himself privately
odious. So many have given an account of
the nature of that folly that it would be
needless to repeat it here; it may suffice to
say that there are three things to authorize
it: I. Custom. 2. The oath administered to
those who are ducked, which is to this effect,
that they will not permit any to pass
the tropics or the line without obliging them
to the same ceremony; and 3, which is the
most prevailing argument, the interest accruing
to the sailors upon that occasion by
the refreshments, liquors or money given
them by the passengers to be excused from
M. de la Salle being informed that all
things were preparing for that impertinent
ceremony of ducking, and that a tub full of
water was ready on the deck (the French
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