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7 October, 1770


On 7 October, 1770, James Cook wrote “At 11 AM Anchord in 21 fathom, the West end of Wapping Island [Pulau Tidung] bore South distant 3 Miles and the Thousand Islands NBE½E distant 3 or 4 Miles... Had it Calm untill 4 in the PM when we got the Sea breeze at NE very faint, with which we weighd and stood to the Eastward past Wapping Island and the first Island to the Eastward of it; falling little wind we were carried by the Current between this last Island and the 2nd Island to the Eastward of Wapping Isd, where we were obliged to Anchor in 30 fathom being very near a ledge of Rocks which spited out from one of the Islands”.


Joseph Banks wrote “Got the Land breeze in the Night as usual and saild with it till morn, when we were almost up with Wapping Isle calld by the Malays Pulo Tidong [Pulau Tidung] where we anchord and lay still. The current was pretty strong and brought with it great plenty of Sea sawdust among which were even here some leaves and other productions of the land, also many Cuttle Fish bones, Portugese men of war and other recrements of the Sea. In the afternoon we had a faint sea breeze which ran us very near the lengh of the third Island and then left us, so that the Current took hold of the ship unawares and had almost set her ashore on a small ledge of rocks, on which was not water enough for a small boat which we sent to examine them. After we were at an anchor in the night we observd lights upon some of the Islands cald Bedroe or Les Milles Isles [meaning Thousand Islands, though there are only about 300 of them] some of which lay much nearer to Pulo Tidong than they are laid down in any of the draughts”.

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