From The Log of Christopher Columbus
MONDAY FEBRUARY 25.
Yesterday after sunset he navigated to the east upon his course,
five miles an hour: in thirteen hours of this night he went about
sixty-five miles which are sixteen leagues and a quarter. From
sunrise until sunset he went another sixteen leagues and a half with
the sea calm, thanks be to God. A very large bird came to the
caravel which appeared to be an eagle.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26.
Yesterday after sunset he navigated on his course to the east, the
sea calm, thanks be to God: the most of the night he went about
eight miles an hour, which was one hundred miles or twenty-five
leagues. After sunrise there was little wind: there were showers,
and he went a matter of eight leagues to the east-north-east.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27.
This night and day he went out of his course on account of the
contrary winds and the great waves and high sea and he found himself
one hundred and twenty-five leagues from the Cape of St. Vincent and
eighty from the island of Madeira and one hundred and six from the
island of Santa Maria. He was very much troubled with such
tempests, now that he was so near the end of his journey.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28.
He went in the same manner this night with diverse winds, to the
south and to the south-east and to one side and the other and to the
north-east and to the east-north-east, and in this manner he went
all this day.
Columbus's Log: March, 1493