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21 September, 1770


On 21 September, 1770, James Cook wrote “We got under sail and stood away to the westward along the north side of the Island and a nother smaller Island [Rai Jua] which lies farther to the westward... At 4 oClock we discover'd a small low Island bearing SSW distant 3 Leagues, this Island hath no place in any of our charts [Rai Dana]”.


Joseph Banks wrote “Notwithstanding our Freind Mr Lange invited us very kindly last night to come ashore again in the morn and we saw divers Jarrs of Syrup and sheep &c. waiting for us upon the Beach, a sure sign that the Radjas prohibition was not intended to prejudice trade in the least, We who had now got plenty of all the refreshments which the Isle afforded thought it most prudent to weigh and sail directly for Batavia; all our fears of Westerly winds being dissipated By Mr Lange’s assuring us that the Easterly Monsoon would prevail for two Months longer. Accordingly we did so and soon passd by the small Island laying to the W about a leag[u]e from Savoo [Savu] - its name has been unluckily forgot, Pulo Samiri, or some thing like it may be [Rai Jua]. In the Evening a small Island was in sight to the Southward [Rai Dana]; trade rather slack. One of the Buffaloes who was killd weig’d only 166 lb, which was a great draw back on our expectationss, who thought that even that tho much the least of our stock would not weigh less than 300 lb”.

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