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14 March, 1769

 

On 14 March, 1769, James Cook wrote “Little wind and fine pleasant weather; at 3 PM took several Observations of the Sun and Moon, the mean result of which gave 126° 20' 45" the Longitude of the Ship west of Greenwich... got up and Mounted the Six Waist Guns”, which had been put in the ship’s hold for the passage around Cape Horn. 

Joseph Banks wrote “Very light winds today shifting from South to East: at noon an alarm of Land being seen which proved at night to be no more than a fog bank tho it certainly remaind many hours without any change in its appearance.  The tropick birds this Evening made a noise as they flew over the ship not unlike some gulls”.

The search for the Southern Continent was not helped by the difficulty of fog looking like distant land.

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John, There are some good maps online at
http://southseas.nla.gov.au/index_maps.html
By Ian Boreham, webmaster on 3/17/2019 6:47:28 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I enjoy reading the log but I often would like to see where the best guess is for the ships position -- especially with possible tropick birds and also looking for the Southern Continent. Is there a map on the website with dates?
Thanks . John
By John Berriman on 3/16/2019 6:18:36 PM Like:0 DisLike:0

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