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17 August, 1769

 

On 17 August, 1769, James Cook wrote “A Gentle breeze with some flying showers of rain; had a large swell from the SW all this day”.

Joseph Banks wrote “A heavy swell from the SW all day so we are not yet under the Lee of the continent: in the Even no wind. Our Taros (roots of the Yam kind calld in the W. Indies Cocos) faild us today, many of them were rotten; they would probably have kept longer had we had either time or opportunity of drying them well, but I beleive that at the best they are very much inferior to either Yamms or potatoes for keeping”.

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