Making a raft
- large spars of wood
Cut spars, topmast and yards. Tie them into a square shape and cover with planking.
Loading the raft
But what would I need to survive on the island. I decided to load my raft with the essentials.
- Dutch cheeses
- dried goat's flesh
- six gallons of rack
- cordial waters
- bottles of liquor
- carpenter's chest
- fowling pieces
- powder horns and shot
Getting to shore
My raft didn't have much to help steer it, but I had three things in my favour:
- a calm sea
- a rising tide
- a wind blowing me to the shore
The wind and the tide drove me towards a little stream, and I did my best to steer towards the middle of it.
Unfortunately, one end of my raft ran aground on a little shoal and almost tipped everything into the water. I kept that from happening by putting my back against the load.
After a long half-hour, the tide lifted the raft again, and I made it to shore.