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9 February, 1769

 

On 9 February, 1769, James Cook wrote “Fresh gales all this day, sometimes Squally with rain, under double reef'd Topsails in the night and single-reef'd topsails in the Day”.

Joseph Banks wrote “This morn some sea weed floated past the ship and my servant declares that he saw a large beetle fly over her: I do not beleive he would deceive me and he certainly knows what a beetle is, as he has these 3 years been often employd in taking them for me”.

Peter Briscoe had been with Banks in Newfoundland.

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