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18 December, 1769

 

On 18 December, 1769, James Cook wrote at “8 AM... we tacked and stood in being about 10 Leagues from the land: At Noon the point of land we were near yesterday at noon bore SSW distt 5 Leagues... At 7 Tacked in 35 fathom water, the point of land before mentioned bore NWBN distant 4 or 5 miles, having not gained one Inch to windward this last 24 hours which is a great proof that there must be a Current seting to the Eastward. The Point of land above mentioned I have call'd North Cape judgeing it to be the northern most extremity of this Country”.

Joseph Banks wrote “Still more to leeward this morn and in the even still more. On a rock pretty near us an Indian fort was seen through our glasses which we all thought was encircled with a mud wall; if so tis the only one of the kind we have seen”.

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