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24 March, 1770

 

On 24 March, 1770, James Cook wrote “At day light we saw the low land extending... to the ESE as far as the eye could reach, the Eastern extremity of which appeared in round hillocks. By this time the wind had veer'd to the Eastward which obliged us to ply to wind ward”.

Joseph Banks wrote “Just turnd the Westernmost point [Cape Farewell] and stood into the mouth of the streights [Cook Strait] intending to anchor in the first harbour we could find when an Easterly wind met us right in the teeth, to our no small dissatisfaction as I beleive there has been no other part of the time since we have left Cape Turnagain the first time when such a wind would have been disagreable”.

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