The boats, heavily stowed with supplies, are re-launched in the pre dawn darkness. With the tide ebbing and the night skies clear they pulled away quickly from the anchorage and the 16 oarsmen from both boats, stroked with precision the 32 oars into the dark waters. Restoration Point faded into the distance, as did the HMS Discovery and Blake Island. To the south lies the southern inlet in which they will venture. It is called Colvos Passage and it separates the island that is to port from the continental shore. The passage is about 12 miles in length and is about one mile wide. The island to port will be named Vashon in a few days by Captain Vancouver after his and Lt Puget’s good friend, Commander, and later, Admiral, James Vashon, whose command they were under in Jamaica.
Departure leaving Blake to Starboard
As Described in Peter Puget by Wing and Newell
|Departure as described by Mr. Menzie's journal|
Blake to Port
With Vancouver in Inland Washington Waters
by Richard Blumenthal
By dawn, they passed the northern portion of Vashon Island and entered Colvos Passage. At 0800 hrs, they saw an Indian canoe pull up on shore and quickly retreat to the forest. They, too advanced, and landed on shore for their breakfast meal and gave the oarsmen a well deserved rest. They had bucked the tide and rowed for 4 hours. The temperatures had heated up, and by afternoon they suffered from 90° weather. In all my years of living in the pacific northwest I have never seen, nor, felt the likes of 90° in May. I am usually still in layers of turtle necked shirts, long sleeves and fleece vests, well into May and even June!
|Breakfast Place Olalla|
The morning breakfast place of Olalla was located about 6nm south of the headlands of Vashon Island on the western shore. Lt Puget placed trinkets and beads in the canoes to entice the Indians to return from the forest and to show them of their peaceful intentions. There was no mention of what their first meal was, but there was always salted pork in brine and hard tack biscuits, blue spruce beer. The night before the Restoration Point Indians had given the HMS Discovery some fresh venison, but whether they carried any of it with them was not stated. Lt Puget concluded that the lagoon at the back of the inlet was wide and deep enough at high tide to accommodate the HMS Chatham and at low tide it was filled mostly with fresh water.