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11 July, 1769

 

On 11 July, 1769, James Cook wrote “Yesterday we weigh'd the small bower Anchor the Stock of which was so much eaten by the worms as to break in heaving up and to day we hove up the best bower and found the Stock in the very same Condition. This day we got every thing off from the shore and to night everybody lays on board”.

Joseph Banks wrote “the morning was employd in getting the tents aboard, which was done by dinner time and we dind on board. The small bower had been got up and the stock found to be so much worm eaten that we are obligd to make a new one, and as we have no hopes of the best bower being in better repair it is probable that we shall not get to sea this day or two”.

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