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19 June, 1771


On 19 June, 1771, James Cook wrote “At 10 oClock in the AM Saw a Sail ahead which we soon came up with and sent a boat on board, she was a Schooner from Road Island out upon the Whale fishery—from her we learnt that all was peace in Europe and that the America disputes were made up, to Confirm this the Master said that the Coat on his back was made in Old England. Soon after leaving this Vessel we spoke [to] anothir from Boston and saw a third [ship] all out on the same account”.

Endeavour met a vessel from Rhode Island, America, which is the place that Endeavour is thought to lie underwater today.


Joseph Banks wrote “Saw 3 New En[g]land Schooners cruising for whales. Sent a boat on board one who told us that he had yesterday spoke an outward bound Englishman, who told him that all was peace in Europe, and that the Spanyards had agreed to pay the Manilla ransom with interest in one year and a million of Dollars for damages done at Falklands Islands. The vessel had by their own account been out 5 weeks and caught nothing; they had chasd a whale 60 Leagues into Fyall harbour [Faial or Fyal, an island in the Azores] into which they could not follow it as the Portugese suffer no Whaler to go into any of their Ports in the Western Islands [i.e. the Azores]. They had they said no meat on board but livd upon what they could catch; they sold us readily 4 large Albacores saying that they could catch more. As for American news King George they said had behavd very ill for some time but they had brought him to terms at last”.

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