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11 July, 1771

 

On 11 July, 1771, James Cook wrote “At 7 oClock in the Morning the Start Point [Devon] bore NWBN distant 3 Leagues, and at Noon we Reckoned our selves about 5 Leagues short of Portland. This Fore noon a small cutter built Vessel came under our Stern and enquired after the India fleet, which they said they were cruzing for and had not seen... At ½ past 3 PM pass'd the Bill of Portland and at 7 Peverell point”.

Peverell is near Plymouth, Devon.  Portland Bill is further east, a narrow promontory at the southern end of the Isle of Portland, and the southernmost point of Dorset.

 

Joseph Banks wrote nothing.

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