He might have carried him round by the way of the Cape of Good Hope
. But not to speak of the passage through the whole length of the Mediterranean, and another passage up the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, such a supposition would involve the complete circumnavigation of all Africa in three days, not to speak of the Tigris waters, near the site of Nineveh, being too shallow for any whale to swim in.
It was somewhere near the Cape - THE Cape being, of course, the Cape of Good Hope
, the Cape of Storms of its Portuguese discoverer.
Livingstone, in multiplying his fearless explorations from the Cape of Good Hope
to the basin of the Zambesi; Captains Burton and Speke, in the discovery of the great interior lakes, have opened three highways to modern civilization.
On the mountains of Abyssinia, several European forms and some few representatives of the peculiar flora of the Cape of Good Hope
We sailed with a fair wind to the Cape of Good Hope
, where we staid only to take in fresh water.
The beginning of this voyage was very prosperous: we were neither annoyed with the diseases of the climate nor distressed with bad weather, till we doubled the Cape of Good Hope
, which was about the end of May.
One was the British consul at Suez, who, despite the prophecies of the English Government, and the unfavourable predictions of Stephenson, was in the habit of seeing, from his office window, English ships daily passing to and fro on the great canal, by which the old roundabout route from England to India by the Cape of Good Hope
was abridged by at least a half.
In the European division of the world, we must look back to the tertiary epochs, to find a condition of things among the mammalia, resembling that now existing at the Cape of Good Hope
. Those tertiary epochs, which we are apt to consider as abounding to an astonishing degree with large animals, because we find the remains of many ages accumulated at certain spots, could hardly boast of more large quadrupeds than Southern Africa does at present.
Was he going to double the Cape of Good Hope
, then Cape Horn, and finally go as far as the Antarctic pole?
But that it was not the east coast of Africa he was equally positive, for he felt satisfied that the Kincaid had not passed through the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal, and the Red Sea, nor had she had time to round the Cape of Good Hope
. So he was quite at a loss to know where he might be.
About 1835 a small treatise, translated from the New York American , related how Sir John Herschel, having been despatched to the Cape of Good Hope
for the purpose of making there some astronomical calculations, had, by means of a telescope brought to perfection by means of internal lighting, reduced the apparent distance of the moon to eighty yards!
"The ship touched at the Cape of Good Hope
. Among his other acts of folly Captain Kirke took a woman passenger on board at that place -- not a young woman by any means -- the elderly widow of a rich colonist.