28th April 1834

R. Santa Cruz
Found a tripod of wood, fastened together by hide; it had floated down the river; the first sign of the reappearance of man.

Captain Fitzroy’s Journal:
In passing a rapid, whose difficulties were much increased by rugged blocks of lava lying in the bed of the river, one of our boats was badly stove and barely rescued from sinking in the middle of the stream: fortunately we got her on shore and there patched her up. There was still no change in the scenery, nor any signs of inhabitants: and our work was as monotonous as heavy.

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