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3 April, 1770

 

On 3 April, 1770, James Cook wrote “Had a stead[y] brisk gale at SSW with some flying showers of rain and a large hollow sea from the Southward   In the PM unbent the Main Topsail to repair, brought another to the yard and set it close reef'd”.

Joseph Banks wrote “we got fast on to the Westward but the Compass shewd that the hearts of our people hanging that way caus’d a considerable North variation which was sensibly felt by our navigators, who calld it a current as they usualy do every thing which makes their reconings and observations disagree”.

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