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14 December, 1769

 

On 14 December, 1769, James Cook wrote at “5 AM... saw the land bearing South, distant 8 or 9 Leagues, by this we found that we had fell very much to Leeward sence yesterday morning. Set the Topsails close reef'd and the people to work to dry and repair the damaged sails. At Noon a Strong gale and clear weather... Saw land bearing SW being the same North-Westermost land we have seen before and which I take to be the northern extremity of this Country as we have now a large swell rowling in from the westward which could not well be was we covered by any land on that point of the compass”.  North Cape.

Joseph Banks wrote “Blows almost as fresh as it did yesterday but rather more fair; a heavy swell from the west made us almost conclude that there was no land to the Northward of us”.

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