Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

SOUTH-WEST AFRICA 
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my proposed course justly, whose good opinion if 
I succeeded would be of far more value to me 
than the approbation of a multitude of less well- 
informed persons, however numerous or laudatory they 
might be. 
I left England on April 5, 1850. My voyage 
deserves a few words of description, because it was 
made under conditions that are now obsolete, which 
had some advantages to counterbalance their many 
disadvantages. The ship was called the Dalhousie, 
an old teak-built East Indiaman, quite incapable of 
beating against a head wind, and occupying nearly 
eighty days in reaching Cape Town. It was chiefly 
used on this journey to carry emigrants at cheap rates 
with rough accommodation, but a few cabin passengers 
were taken besides, who had the use of the high poop 
to themselves. In a long voyage like that of ours, 
the elements count for much, and the manipulation 
of the ship is of continual interest. The charm of 
the Northern Trades, of the calms and sudden squalls 
of the Equatorial Belt, and of the crisp, strong 
Southern Trades cannot possibly be experienced 
in an equal degree by those on board a fast steamer, 
that rushes through all of them at an equal speed and 
holds its course almost regardless of wind and weather. 
I was glad, too, of the abundant opportunities of 
familiarising myself with the sextant, by which I mean 
a much closer acquaintance with its manipulation and 
adjustments than nautical persons are usually contented 
with or require. I had left England without any 
practical instruction cither in obtaining latitudes and 
longitudes, or in surveying, for I failed to find anybody 
who would give it, consistently with the limited
        

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