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5 July, 1771


On 5 July, 1771, James Cook wrote “Little Wind and Clowdy... Stood to ye westward till 8 AM, than to ye Erd [Eastward]... At 1 PM sent a boat on board A Brig belong[ing] to Boston, last from Gibralter and bound to Falmouth [Cornwall]”.

According to William Falconer’s Marine Dictionary (1780) a brig was “a merchant-ship with two masts”.


Joseph Banks wrote “In the night the ship passd through a shoal of Macarels [Mackerel] and in the Morning many Crabs and some seaweed was observd with many Shearwaters”.

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