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4 March, 1771

 

On 4 March, 1771, James Cook wrote at “4 oClock in the AM... it fell calm and soon after a breeze sprung up at SW. In the evening some people thought they saw the appearence of land to the Northward, but this appear'd so improbable that I who was not on deck at this time was not acquainted with it untill dark, when I order'd them to sound but found no ground with 80 fm [fathom] upon which we concluded that no land was near”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Wind at SW with dirty foggy weather. In the evening some of the people thought that they saw Land but that opinion was rejected almost without examination, as the journals in the ship which had been kept by the Log were still above a hundred leagues and those which had been corrected by Observations of the sun and moon full 40. The night was cheifly calms and light breezes with fog and mist”. 

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