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25 May, 1770

 

On 25 May, 1770, James Cook wrote “At 5 in the AM we made sail... At 9 oClock we were abreast of [a] point distant from it 1 Mile... I found this point to lay directly under the Tropick of Capricorn and for that reason call'd it by that Name [i.e. Cape Capricorn]... it is of a moderate height and looks white and barren”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Land in the morn rocky, varied here and there with reddish sand, but little wood was to be seen. In the evening it was calm, some few fish were caught. At night perceiving the tide to run very strong we anchord. No fires were seen the whole day.

We examind the orange juice and brandy which had been sent on board as prepard by Dr Hulmes directions...: It had never been movd from the cag in which it came on board. About ½ of it had been usd or leakd out; the remainder was coverd with a whitish mother but otherwise was not at all damagd either to taste or sight when it came out of the cag, but when put into a bottle in 3 or 4 days it became ropey and good for nothing. On this we resolvd to have it evaperated immediately to a strong essence and put up in Bottles immediately”.

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