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16 January, 1771

 

On 16 January, 1771, James Cook wrote “At 8 oClock in the AM a light breeze sprung [up] at North [with] which we we[i]gh'd and stood out to Sea. At Noon Java Head bore SE¼S distant 2 Leagues and the West point of Princes Island NNW distant 5 Leagues. Latd Ob. 6°45'S. Java Head from which I take my Departure Lies in the Latitude of 6°49'S and Longitude 255°12' West from the Meridion of Greenwich, deduced from Several Astronomical Observations made at Batavia by the Reverd Mr Mohr... At 6 in the PM Java head bore ENE distant 4 or 5 Leagues”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Weighd again and stood out to sea with a breeze so gentle that at night we were still in sight of Land”.

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