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12 March, 1769


On 12 March, 1769, James Cook wrote “put the Ships Compney to three watches, they having been at watch and watch since our first arriaval upon the Coast of Terra del Fuego”, but a comparison with his log shows this entry actually relates to 11 March.

It meant that a third of the men would be on duty for four hours, and then get eight hours of rest.  They had been on two watches since 17 December.

Joseph Banks wrote “Wind continued fair but in the even flaggd a little; we began to imagine that it must be the trade [wind], at least if it continues we resolv’d [to] call it so”.

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