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2 April, 1771


On 2 April, 1771, James Cook wrote “In the AM Anchor'd here two Dutch Ships from Batavia and a third at Anchor under Penguin Island in distress put on shore some sick people”.

Penguin Island is more commonly known as Robben Island.  It lies at the entrance to the anchorage at Table Bay.


Joseph Banks wrote “Theodosio           seaman died very suddenly; he had enjoyd an uninterrupted state of Good health during all our times of sickness”.

The seaman’s name appears in the muster as John Dozey (of Brazil).  It seems possible that John Dozey’s surname was an abbreviation of the seaman’s full name.

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