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8 August, 1770

 

On 8 August, 1770, James Cook wrote “In the PM the weather being something moderater we got up the Topmast, but kept the Lower Yards down”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “The night Dark as pitch passd over not without much anxiety: whether our anchors held or not we could not tell and maybe might when we least thought of it be upon the very brink of destruction. Day light however releivd us shewd us that the anchors had held and also brought us rather more moderate weather, so that towards evening we venturd to get up Yards and top masts”.

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