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Young's Essay on Tobago

The key to Trinidad, page 25

[page 25]

In times of war, supposing Tabago ‘Ennemy’,- not
a British merchant vessel could clear out from Trinidad 
without risque;- I might say, ‘without the certainty of
capture, if not protected by Convoy:- a vessel beating from
the Boccas, in ordinary Course to windward, must be descried
from the highlands of Tobago;- and Sloops of War, or other
Cruizers, from their proper station at Courland, might by
signal, start for a Certain Prize.
The British Government aprizd of the relative situ=
=ations of the Islands, will never consider Trinidad to be a safe
and desirable possession;- without retaining that of Tobago.
-In general terms, it is said, ‘that the wind between the Tropics,
at all seasons of the year, blows from the East;- but this is, with
one or more points of Northing or Southing in different months
of the year, in the Latitude of Tobago, for the six months from
June to December, the prevalent wind is E.S.E.- in january
february and march, often, to the North of East;- and in the remaining
three months of the year due East, varying occasionally to points
N. or S.- but rather to the South.
       The Natural effect of this prevalence of Breeze, from E.S.E.
and from East,- is a heavier surf on the southern coast of

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