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    West and by South

    The following sentence is from a book written 400 years ago in Spanish, and treanslated 155 years ago into English. It is about encounter of some ships at sea while they were Suspicious to one another. The problematic sentence is in bold print.

    The 24 of May in the morning we discovered a Portuguese ship, that stayed for us, and put out a flag of truce, and because our flag of truce was not so ready as theirs, and we having the wind of him, therefore he shot two shoots at us, and put forth a flagge out of his maine top, and we shot 5. or 6. times at him, and so held on our course without speaking to him, having a South east wind, holding our course West and by South to find the Island of S. Helena.
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    Re: West and by South

    They had a wind from the south east which was driving them in a westerly direction. Presumably they were correcting their course to south westerly.
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