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10 July, 1771

 

On 10 July, 1771, James Cook wrote “Pleasent breezes & Clear weather. At 6 o'clock in the Morning Sounded and Struck ground in 60 fathom, Shells & Stones by which I judged we were the Length of Scilly Isles [off Cornwall]. At Noon we saw Land from the Mast head bearing North which we judged to be about the Lands end [the tip of Cornwall]... At 2 In the PM. saw the Lizard land [Cornwall] and at 6 o'Clock the Light House bore NW Distant 5 Leagues... Soon after saw two Ships under their Topsails between us and the [land] which we took for Men of War”.

The lighthouse at Lizard Point was built in 1751.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “This Morning the land was discoverd by Young Nick the same boy who first saw New Zeland: it provd to be the Lizzard [Lizard Point, Cornwall]”.

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