and even that with difficulty enough

stephenlearner

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Chinese
I let myself down into the water, and swam cross the channel, which lay between the ship and the sands, and even that with difficulty enough, partly with the weight of the things I had about me, partly the roughness of the water, for the wind rose very hastily; before it was quite high water, it blew a storm. (from Robinson Crusoe)

This structure is puzzling me. I expected to see another verb after the second "and", but there's none. So what does "even that" mean? Does it mean "swam"?

Thanks.
 
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