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18 February, 1770

 

On 18 February, 1770, James Cook wrote “Seeing no signs of land, I thought it to no purpose standing any farther to the Southward, and therefore hauled to the Westward”.

Joseph Banks wrote “All yesterday, last night and this morn we stood for Mr Gore’s land but not seing any and at noon today finding ourselves in Lat.45..17 Every body in the ship was convincd, except possibly Mr Gore, that it was impossible to have on the 17th seen as far as where we were now, so we again stood to the Westward. At night it was Haizey and a large shoal of Bottle nosd Porpoises were about the ship, soon after which it began to flow brisk but fair”.

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