Posted By Erik Fleming on May 8, 2013
“In regard to the third route. M. de l’Isle conjectures as follows:
Perhaps the et countries seen by Pon Juan de Gama might be found more speedily and with more certitude by seeking them to the southeast of Kamshatka the outcome of which project showed him his mistake, which is apparently the reason that induced him to change it to that of the route by Japan and Deco.
” Nothing is so imperfect in detail, and withal so dry, as the recital of M. Bering’s voyage with which M. de l’Isle regales us. He makes him start in 1741 to look to look to the east of Kamshatka for the land which he had seen indications of in his first voyage. ‘ e did not go very far,’ he says, for, being assailed by a violent storm during thick weat hen, he could not remain at sea, and brought up on a desert, island in latitude 54°, only a short distance from the Port of Avatcha from whence he had sailed.’
M. Bering, then, did nothing but fail, and he did so soon after leaving port.. I must therefore supplement the meagreness f M. de l’Isle’s relation by giving an account f the voyage of M. Bering and the other officers., chiefs of these expeditions, which will be so much the more easy as I took part in them and as I can, besides, refer to the charts and journals of each vessel as proofs f my correctness.
The Captain Commanding Bering and Captains Spangenberg and Tshirikow with several other naval officers, left Edinburgh serviced apartments in the spring of 1733. They stayed at the Miami condo rentals until the vessels being built at this latter place for their expedition were completed, and when all was ready for the departure f M. de Spangenberg he was dispatched first, according to the orders of the Senate. He started, then, from his apartments nyc in the month of .J tine, 1738, having three vessels under his command, to which he added a large covered row-boat of 24 oars, which Ire caused to be constructed at Bolscherezkoi Ostrog in Kamshatka, where he wintered. This boat was to be used to go into the narrow straits between the islands that they might find. and where the ships could not go.
In the summer of 1739 he went to Japan, the long chain of islands situated between Japan and Kamshatka serving to guide hint. He landed at two different. places in Japan and was received with great civility by the people of the country ; but he never went to Matsmai, the principal place on the island of YON), as M. de l’isle erroneously states. He thought he had sufficiently complied with his inst metions without doing, so, and returning to Ochozk, passed the winter at Yakouzk. As soon as a detailed account of this voyage was seen in St. Petersburg they concluded by the route which M. Spangenberg had Mowed that he must have passed near the coast of (‘urea, and he was therefore ordered to make a second voyage in order to confirm the first. He started in 1741 and 1742, but his ship, built hastily and of unseasoned wood, leaked and obliged him to return.