Journal of Antonio Pigafetta

24th of August, 1520

Departing thence, we found in fifty-one degrees less one-third (50°40′ S.), in the Antarctic, a river of fresh water, which was near causing us to be lost, from the great winds which it sent out; but God, of his favour, aided us. We were about two months in this river, as it supplied fresh water and a kind of fish an ell long, and very scaly,[64] which is good to eat. Before going away, the captain chose that all should confess and receive the body of our Lord like good Christians.