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3 October, 1769

 

On 3 October, 1769, James Cook wrote “Saw some fish like skip Jacks and a small sort that appear'd very transparent. Took up a very small peice of wood with Barnacles upon it a proof that it had been some time at Sea; some very large Albetroses about the Ship & other birds”.
Skipjacks were fish that leapt out of water.

Joseph Banks wrote “Calm almost this morn. About 5 a sudden squall came on with such violence that the officer of the watch was obligd to settle the topsails, it did not however last above 5 minutes; this we look upon as a sure sign of land as such squalls are rarely (if ever) met with at any considerable distance from it.... Now do I wish that our freinds in England could by the assistance of some magical spying glass take a peep at our situation: Dr Solander setts at the Cabbin table describing, myself at my Bureau Journalizing, between us hangs a large bunch of sea weed, upon the table lays the wood and barnacles; they would see that notwisthstanding our different occupations our lips move very often, and without being conjurors might guess that we were talking about what we should see upon the land which there is now no doubt we shall see very soon”.

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