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Briefly about the Brazilian Shoals:

The term ‘Brazilian Shoals’ refers to dangerous reefs that fringe the Abrolhos Islands off Caravelas, a coastal town in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Other names used to describe these reefs include ‘the Shoals of Abrolhos’, ‘Abrolhos Shoal’, ‘Brazil Banks’ and ‘Banks of Brazil’. The name ‘Abrolhos’ is a corruption of the Portuguese expression, ‘Abras [...]

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Week 16 – towards Australia

Scene: a fair wind and cross sea

Both the Duke of York and the John Pirie are now steering south east towards Australia, a novelty they appreciate.  Although it brings bad weather and rough conditions, the travellers on the John Pirie also welcome the cooler conditions, after being ‘almost stew’d alive for a Month’. There is an interesting comment here on the trying conditions of everyday life [...]

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