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27 January, 1770

 

On 27 January, 1770, James Cook wrote “This day we got the Tiller properly secure'd which hath been the employment of the Armourers and part of the Carpenters sence we anchor'd at this place, the former in repairing and making new Iron work and the latter in fixing a Transom for the want of which the Tiller has often been in danger of being broke, the Iron braces that supply'd the want of a transom have broke every time they have been repair'd. Coopers still imploy'd repairing the Casks, some hands with the Long-boat geting on board Stones to put into the bottom of the bread room to bring the Ship more by the stern while others were employ'd cuting wood, repairing the rigging and fishing”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Indians came aboard in the morn and traded a little, afterwards the Dr and myself went ashore but could find no plants at all. We have I beleive got all that are in our neighbourhood, tho the immense thickness of the woods which are almost renderd impassable by climbing plants intangling every way has not a little retarded us”.

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