During our awful captivity on board the galleon we had well-nigh lost al_ount or notion of time. To us one day was pretty much like another. If w_lept it was only to be awakened by the overseer’s whip. Day or night it wa_ll one with us; never did our tormentors cease to afflict us. We were reduce_o the condition of animals, and had not even the comfort which is allowed t_hem. Thus when the time of our rescue came, we had no notion of where we wer_r what part of the year it was.
We now found that it was the middle of August, and that we were in the Nort_acific Ocean and bearing direct for the Moluccas, where Drake intended t_rade before continuing his voyage homeward by way of the Cape. We also learn_hat this great captain was now taking his first voyage round the world, an_hat he had had many great and remarkable adventures on the Spanish Main an_n the coast of Peru, and had enriched his vessels with the spoils of Spanis_reasure-ships, so that he now had with him a store of great and unusua_alue. For from some ships he had taken bars of silver, and from others block_f gold, together with rich ladings, merchandise and silks, so rare an_urious as to be worth great sums of money. And all this treasure had bee_hiefly won from the Spaniards in fair fight, and that without any cruelty o_ust of blood or revenge.
About the thirteenth day of September we came within view of some islands,
situated about eight degrees northward from the line. From these the islander_ame out to us in canoes hollowed out of solid trunks of a tree, and raise_ery high out of the water at both ends, so that they almost formed _emicircle. These canoes were polished so highly that they shone like ebony,
and were kept steady by pieces of timber fixed on each side of them by stron_anes, fastened at one end to the canoe, and at the other to the timber.
The first company that came out to us brought fruits, potatoes, and othe_ommodities, none of any great value, and seemed anxious to trade with us,
making a great show of good-will and honesty. Soon after, however, they sen_ut another fleet of canoes, the crews of which showed themselves to b_othing better than thieves, for if we placed anything in their hands the_mmediately considered it to belong to them, and would neither restore nor pa_or it. Upon this we were obliged to get rid of them, which we did b_ischarging a gun. As they had never seen ordnance discharged before they wer_astly astonished by this, and fled precipitately to the shore, having firs_elted us with showers of stones which they carried in their canoes.
On the fifth of November we cast anchor before Ternate, and had scarce arrive_hen the viceroy of that place, attended by the chief nobles, came out i_hree boats, rowed by forty men on each side. Soon afterwards appeared th_ing himself, attended by a large and imposing retinue. Him we received wit_ischarges of cannon and musketry, together with various kinds of music, wit_hich he was so highly delighted that he would have the musicians down int_is own boat. At this place we stayed some days, trafficking with th_nhabitants, who brought us large quantities of provisions, and behaved to u_ith civility. After that we repaired to a neighboring island, and there foun_ commodious harbor where we repaired the Golden Hinde, and did ourselve_njoy a much-needed rest.
Leaving this place on the 12th day of December, we sailed southwards toward_he Celebes; but the wind being against us, we drifted about among a multitud_f islands mingled with shallows until the middle of January. And now we me_ith an adventure which was like to have stayed our further progress and put _ummary end to all our hopes. For sailing forward under a strong gale we wer_ne night suddenly surprised by a shock, caused by our being thrown upon _hoal, on which the speed of our course served to fix us very fast. Upo_xamination we found that the rock on which we had struck rose perpendicularl_rom the water, and there was no anchorage, nor any bottom to be found fo_ome distance. On making this discovery we lightened the ship by throwing int_he sea a not inconsiderable portion of her lading. Even then the ship seeme_opelessly fast, and we had almost given way to despair when we were on _udden relieved by a remission of the wind, which, having hitherto blow_trongly against that side of the ship which lay towards the sea, holding i_pright against the rock, now slackened, and blowing no longer against ou_essel allowed it to reel into deep water, to our great comfort and relief. W_ad enjoyed so little hope of ever extricating ourselves from this perilou_osition, that Drake had caused the sacrament to be administered to us as i_e had been on the point of death, and now that we were mercifully set free w_ang a Te Deum and went forward very cautiously, hardly daring to set sail_est we should chance upon some reef still more dangerous.
We now continued our voyage without any remarkable occurrence or adventure,
until about the middle of March we came to anchor off the Island of Java.
Having sent to the king a present of clothes and silks, we received from hi_n return a quantity of provisions; and on the following day Drake himsel_ent on shore, and after entertaining the king with music obtained leave fro_im to forage for fresh food. Here, then, we remained some days, taking i_rovisions, and being visited by the princes and head men of that country, an_ater by the king, all of whom manifested great interest in us, and in ou_rmaments and instruments of navigation.
Leaving Java about the end of March we sailed for the Cape of Good Hope, whic_e sighted about the middle of June. During all that time we met with no ver_emarkable adventure; nevertheless, because we were sailing through seas whic_o Englishman had ever previously traversed there was not a day which did no_resent some feature of interest to us, or add to our knowledge of thos_trange parts of the world. To me, and to such of my companions as ha_uffered with me in the dungeons of the Inquisition or on the deck of th_alleon, this voyage was as a glimpse of Paradise. For we were treated wit_he utmost kindness and consideration by Drake and his men, and they would no_uffer us to undertake anything in the shape of work until our wounds wer_airly healed and our strength recruited. To those of us who had suffered s_itterly that our strength was well-nigh departed, this welcome relief wa_ery grateful. As for me, on discovering my condition I was rated with Drak_nd his officers, and with them did spend many exceeding pleasant hours,
listening to their marvelous adventures and stories of fights with our ol_nemies, the Spaniards. But Pharaoh, hating to do naught, applied for _ating, and so they made him boatswain’s mate, and thenceforth he was happy,
and seemed quickly to forget the many privations and discomforts which he an_ had undergone.
So on the third week of September, 1580, we came to Plymouth Sound, and onc_ore looked upon English land and English faces. And this we did with suc_hankfulness and rejoicing as you cannot conceive. As for Drake and his men,
they had been away two years and some ten months, and in that time had take_heir ships round the world. And because they were the first Englishmen tha_ad ever done this, there was such ringing of bells, and lighting of bonfires,
and setting up of feasts and jollities as had never been known in England.
From the queen to the meanest hind there was nobody that did not join in th_eneral rejoicing. Wherefore, at Plymouth, where we landed, there were grea_tirrings, and men clung around us to hear our marvelous tales and adventures.
And as for Drake himself, the queen soon afterwards made him a knight on th_eck of the Golden Hinde; and so he became Sir Francis, and thereafter di_any wonderful deeds which are set forth in the chronicles of that time.
Now, I no sooner set foot upon English soil than I was immediately consume_ith impatience to go home to Beechcot, and therefore I sought out Drake an_egged him to let me begone.
“Why,” quoth he, “knowing your story as I do, Master Salkeld, I make no wonde_hat you should be in some haste to return to your own friends. I pray Go_hat you may find all well with them.”
Then he generously pressed upon me a sum of money in gold, wherewith to fi_yself out for the journey and defray my expenses on the way; and for thi_indness I was deeply grateful, seeing that I was utterly penniless, and owe_he very garments I then wore to the charity of one of his officers. So I sai_arewell to him and his company, and begged them to remember me if we shoul_eet no more, and then I went to find Pharaoh Nanjulian.
“Pharaoh,” said I, when I came upon him on the deck of the Golden Hinde, “I a_oing home.”
He pushed back his cap and scratched his head and looked at me.
“Aye,” he said, “I supposed it would be so, master. As for me, I have no hom_o go to. My mother is dead and buried in Marazion churchyard, and I hav_either kith nor kin in the wide world.”
“Come with me to Beechcot,” said I, “you shall abide there for the rest o_our days in peace and plenty.”
But he shook his head.
“Nay, master,” he answered, “that would never do. I am naught but a rough sea-
dog, and I should be too big and savage for a quiet life. Besides, yo_onstable of yours would be forever at my heels, fearing lest I should brea_he peace again.”
“There shall no man harm you if you will come with me,” said I. “Come and b_y man.”
“Nay, master, not so. Born and bred to the sea I was, and to the sea I wil_leave. Besides, I am Francis Drake’s man now, and with him I shall see rar_entures. Already there is talk of an expedition against the Spaniards. Tha_s the life for me.”
So there was no more to be said, and I gave him my hand sorrowfully, for h_ad proved a true friend.
“Good-bye, then, Pharaoh Nanjulian.”
“Good-bye, master. We have seen some rare ventures together. I thank God fo_ringing us safely out of them.”
“Amen! I shall not forget them or thee. And God grant we may meet again.”
So we pressed each other’s hands with full hearts, and I went away and lef_im gazing after me.