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4 July, 1771


On 4 July, 1771, James Cook wrote “Gentle breezes & Clowdy weather... At 1 pm spoke [to] a Dutch Galliot [a single-masted vessel] bound to Riga [in the Baltic Sea]. At 5 Tack'd & Stood to ye westward”.


Joseph Banks wrote “My Bitch Lady was found dead in my Cabbin laying upon a stool on which she generaly slept. She had been remarkably well for some days; in the night she shreikd out very loud so that we who slept in the great Cabbin heard her, but becoming quiet immediately no one regarded it. Whatever disease was the cause of her death it was the most sudden that ever came under my Observation. Many Shearwaters were seen about the ship”.

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