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11 February, 1770


On 11 February, 1770, James Cook wrote “we made sail to the Southward, having a large swell rowling in from that quarter... a remarkable hillock which stands close to the Sea bore N½E distance 4 Leagues [Castlepoint]. At this time two Canoes came along side the Ship with whom we had some little trafick and then dismiss'd them”.  Endeavour passed Cape Palliser.

Joseph Banks wrote “Calm this morn: 2 Canoes came off and sold us a few fish and some of their fishing hooks made upon a peice of wood, which I beleive serves instead of bait in towing as the mother of Pearl does on the Islanders towing hooks. Light breeze: the land did not look to so much advantage as when we passd it in our passage to the Northward”.

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