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31 May, 1770


On 31 May, 1770, James Cook wrote “at 6 in the AM weighd and put to Sea and stood to the NW having the advantage of a fresh breeze at SSE. We kept without the Group of Islands which lay in shore & to the NW of Thirsty Sound, as there appear'd to be no safe passage between them and the Main[land]; at the same time we had a number of Islands without us extending out to sea as far as we could see... At ½ an hour after noon upon the boat, which we had ahead sounding, makeing the Signal for Shoal water we hauld our wind to the NE having at that time 7 fathom, the next cast 5 and than 3 upon which we let go an Anchor and brought the Ship up. After having sounded about the Shoal on which we found not quite 3 fathom but without it deep water, we got under sail and... came too an Anchor.. in 15 fathom water”.


Joseph Banks wrote “Went out this morn, the weather misty and rainy and fresh breeze. As we had found by experience that many sands and shoals lay off the coast a boat was sent ahead; at noon she made a signal for shoal water on which we came to an anchor; the boats sounded and found a Passage on which we proceeded and at night came to an anchor under the shelter of an Island in the midst of Innumerable Islands, rocks and shoals”.

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