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17 January, 1771

 

On 17 January, 1771, James Cook wrote “At 6 in the AM it [Java Head] bore NNE distt 12 Ls [Leagues]”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “This Morn we wakd in the open Ocean, nothing in sight but sea and sky. The winds tho fair continud yet so gentle that we hardly knew whether we went on or stood still. At night a booby made us a visit and slept his last sleep in the stomachs of some of our men, not induc’d quite to forsake the old trade of Booby Eating even by the present abundance of victuals”.

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