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6 March, 1771

 

On 6 March, 1771, James Cook wrote “At 6 in the Morning we could only see it [land] at West distant 7 or 8 Leagues. At Noon found the Ship by Observation 90 Miles to the Southward of Account, thus far the Current has carried us to the South sence the last Observation which was only two days ago, but it is plane from the posission of the Coast that we have been carried full as far to the West also Notwithstanding we have been Standing all the time to the ENE... At 1 PM Tack'd and stood to the Westward... At 8 Tackd and stood to the Eastward till 12”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “For this day or two we have thought it rather colder than we should chuse; at noon today the Thermometer in the shade was at 70. Land today in sight and no more”.

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