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14 August, 1770

 

On 14 August, 1770, James Cook wrote “At Day light... made sail and stood away NNW½W and at 9 oClock NW½N, having the advantage of a fresh gale at SE. At Noon... no land in sight... At 6 oClock in the evening shortned sail and brought too with her head to the NE”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “For the first time these three months we were this day out of sight of Land to our no small satisfaction: that very Ocean which had formerly been look’d upon with terror by (maybe) all of us was now the Assylum we had long wishd for and at last found. Satisfaction was clearly painted in every mans face: the day was fine and the trade wind brisk before which we steerd to the Northward; the well grown waves which followd the ship, sure sign of no land being in our neighbourhood, were contemplated with the greatest satisfaction, notwithstanding we plainly felt the effect of the blows they gave to our crazy ship, increasing her leaks considerably so that she made now 9 inches water every hour. This however was lookd upon as a light evil in comparison to those we had so lately made our escape from”.

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