In spite of the early morning rain, they got underway between 0400-0500 hrs and headed west to explore this large inlet(Carr). The weather was miserable and the outgoing tide made rowing difficult. They took their morning breakfast at a small island, now called Cutts. They encountered numerous crows and killed several for breakfast, which they found them a very good source for food.** They, aptly, named it Crow Island. To this day, there is always an abundance of crows on this small, windswept island.
|Crow Island- Cutts Island|
After concluding the most western shore of Carr Inlet is a dead end, they continued to follow the continental shoreline until they saw Indians near a small village. They do not appear to want any contact with the explorers and pointed them to return from where they have journeyed. Lt. Puget continued to make peace offerings by tying small trinkets and looking glasses(mirrors) onto floating pieces of wood and waited for the Indians to retrieve them. Finally, they were coaxed closer. They saw that several of the Indians had missing right eyes and their faces, bodies were heavily scarred. Inference was made that perhaps the scarring was from small pox. Mr. Menzies tried to communicate with them with words he had learned previously, but no one understood and the demeanor of these Indians were not friendly.
|A bowl full of Crow Breasts|