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14 September, 1770

 

On 14 September, 1770, James Cook wrote “Light Land and Sea breezes... With these winds we advanced but slowly to the west ward... We saw several smookes a shore in the PM and fires in the night, both upon the Low-land and up in the Mountains”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Our Westerly wind still continued and we plyd with our usual success. Infinite albecores and bonetos were about the ship attended (as they always are when near land) by some species of Sterna; these were Dampiers New Holland Noddies which flew in large flocks hovering over the shoals of fish. Many Man of War birds also attended and Entertaind us by very frequently stooping at albecores so large that 20 times their strengh could not have lifted them, had they been dextrous enough to seize them which they never once effected”.

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