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14 November, 1769

 

On 14 November, 1769, James Cook wrote “Fresh gales. Easterly & rainy dirty weather... In the evening I went in the Pinnace and landed upon one of the Island that lies off of the South head of the Bay, with a View to see if I could not discover any sunken rocks or other dangers lying before the entrence of the bay as there was a pretty large swell at this time”.

Joseph Banks wrote “As we were resolvd to stay no longer here we all went ashore, the boats to get as much Celery and Oysters as possible, Dr Solander and myself to get as many green plants as possible of sea stock for finishing scetches &c, so an enormous number of all these articles came on board. Dr Solander who was today in a cove different from that I was in saw the natives catch many lobsters in a most simple manner: they walkd among the rocks at low water about middle deep in water and still felt about with their feet till they felt one, on which they divd down and constantly brought him up”.

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