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14 April, 1771


On 14 April, 1771, James Cook wrote “In the Morning unmoor'd and got ready for sailing... None of the Ships in the Offing are yet arrived. Diserous as we must be of hearing news from England I determine'd not to wait the arrival of these Ships, but took the advantage of a breeze of wind from the WSW, wiegh'd and stood out of the Bay. Saluted with 13 Guns which compliment was returnd both by the Castle and Dutch Commodore, the Europa saluted us as we pass'd her, which we returnd, this Ship was to have saild with or before us, but not likeing the oppertunity she lay fast. At 5 in the Evening Anchor'd under Penguin or Robin Island in 10 fathom water, this Island Extending from WNW to SSW, distant 1½ or 2 Miles”.


Joseph Banks wrote “Saild from the Road but having very little wind were obligd to anchor abreast of Robben Island”.

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