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Within the 12 months 1664, Captain Thomas Rogers, commander of a boat referred to as the Society, was once certain on a voyage from London to Virginia. The vessel being despatched gentle to Virginia, for a loading of tobacco, carried little freight in her outward carry. "One day once they made an commentary, the associates and officials introduced their books and solid up their reckonings with the captain, to determine how close to they have been to the coast of the USA. all of them agreed that they have been 100 leagues from the capes of Virginia. Upon those established reckonings, and heaving the lead, and discovering no flooring at 100 fathoms, they set the watch, and the captain grew to become in. "The climate used to be advantageous; a reasonable gale of wind blew from the coast; in order that the send may need run approximately twelve or 13 leagues within the evening, after the captain used to be in his cabin. "He fell asleep, and slept very soundly for roughly 3 hours, while he woke back, and lay nonetheless until eventually he heard his moment mate prove and relieve the watch. He then referred to as his first mate, as he used to be going off watch, and requested him how all issues fared? The mate responded that every one used to be good, even though the gale had freshened, they usually have been working at an exceptional fee; however it was once a good wind, and a good, transparent evening. "The captain then went to sleep back. "About an hour after, he dreamed that a few one had pulled him, and bade him prove and glance overseas. He, besides the fact that, lay nonetheless and went to sleep back; yet used to be unexpectedly re-awakened. This happened numerous occasions; and, even though he knew no longer what was once the explanation, but he discovered it most unlikely to fall asleep from now on. nonetheless he heard the imaginative and prescient say: 'Turn out and glance in a foreign country. ' "The captain lay during this country of uneasiness approximately hours, until eventually ultimately he felt pressured to don his nice coat and move on deck. All was once good; it used to be an outstanding, transparent evening. "The males saluted him; and the captain referred to as out: 'How's she heading? ' "'Southwest by means of south, sir,' spoke back the mate; 'fair for the coast, and the wind east via north. ' "'Very good,' stated the captain, and as he used to be approximately to come back to his cabin, whatever stood through him, and stated: 'Heave the lead. ' "Upon listening to this the captain stated to the second one mate: 'When did you heave the lead? What water had you? ' "'About an hour in the past, sir,' answered the mate; 'sixty fathom. ' "'Heave again,' the captain commanded. "When the lead was once solid that they had floor at 11 fathoms. This shocked all of them; yet even more whilst, on the subsequent forged, it got here up seven fathoms. "Upon this, the captain, in a fright, bid them placed the helm alee, and approximately send, all palms ordered to again the sails, as is common in such circumstances. "The right orders being saw, the send 'stayed' and happened; yet sooner than the sails stuffed, she had yet four-fathoms-and-a-half water less than her stern. once she crammed and stood off, they'd seven fathoms back, and on the subsequent solid 11 fathoms, etc to 20 fathoms. They then stood off to seaward the entire remainder of the watch, to get into deep water, until break of day, whilst, being a transparent morning, the capes of Virginia have been in reasonable view lower than their stern, and yet a number of leagues far-off.

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