Dr Guppy was fortunate in reaching North Keeling Island, where a landing is only possible during the calmest weather.
The islands were discovered in 1609 by Captain William Keeling on his voyage from Batavia to the Cape.
Forbes's and Guppy's investigations go to show that, contrary to Darwin's belief, there is no evidence of upheaval or of subsidence in either of the Keeling groups.
Nothing loath, his bowsman hauled him up and up, through a blinding foam that blent two whitenesses together; till of a sudden the boat struck as against a sunken ledge, and keeling over, spilled out the standing mate.
Clunies Ross, the owner of the Keeling Islands, which lie about 750 m.