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4 July, 1770

 

On 4 July, 1770, James Cook wrote “In the AM Employ'd triming her upon an even Keel intending to lay her ashore once more to come at her bottom under the larboard Main chains... In the PM warped the ship over and at high-water laid her a shore on the sand bank on the south side of the River for I was afraid to lay her broad side to the shore where she lay before because the ground lies with too great a decent and she hath already received some damage by laying there these last neep tides, at least she still makes water”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “The ship has been a good deal straind by laying so long as she has done with her head aground and her stern afloat; so much so that she has sprung a plank between decks abreast the main chains. At night however she was laid ashore again in order if possible to examine if she had got any damage near that place”.

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