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21 January, 1771

 

On 21 January, 1771, James Cook wrote “First part little wind the remainder a gentle breeze, the 2 sail in sight”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Weather as usual. 2 ships in sight who shew’d us Dutch Colours and then saild ahead of us, letting us know that sure as our ship might be she was too slow to outsail even a Dutchman. Several tropick birds were seen. In the Even the wind came foul.

Myself who had began with the Bark Yesterday miss’d my fever today, the people however in general grew worse and many had now the dysentery or bloody flux”.

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