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19 October, 1769

 

On 19 October, 1769, James Cook wrote “at 7 AM brought too under Cape Table and sent away the Indian Canoe; at this time some others were puting off from the shore, but we did not wait their coming but made sail to the Northward... At 3 PM pass'd by a remarkable head Land which I call'd Gable-end Foreland on account of the very great reseblence the white clift at the very point hath to the Gable end of a house, it is made still more remarkable by a spire'd rock standing a little distance from it... in the evening some Canoes came off to the Ship and one man came on board to whom we gave a few triffles and then sent him away”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “in the morn we were off Table cape. Our guests expressd some surprize at finding themselves so far from home but had their boat hoisted out and went ashore abreast of the ship. We saild very briskly, soon passd Poverty bay; the countrey beyond it seemd to be fertile with few or no cliffs. About noon we passd by a remarkable white Cliff of a triangular shape not unlike the Gable End of a farm house; this same cliff we had seen from the sea when first we made the land and from its triangular shape had compard it to a latteen sail, it was now calld Gable End Foreland. Just here 3 Canoes came off, one man from them venturd on board but soon went back and the boats dropd astern. In the evening many shoals of very small brown shrimps passd by the ship that coulurd the water as if dirt had been thrown into it”.

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