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Day 9, 2nd April 2016: At sea
During night the wind played with us going from N – NW – W so we wore the ship to keep the wind on our beam. By morning we were off Eden and had made 14 miles from where we were yesterday. No change in the sails and the modest winds moved us up the coast slowly adding to the 705 miles that we have already covered under sail.
Just as we were changing the watch at 1600 the wind came around to the SSE gusting at 25 – 30 knots which, if it keeps up we should be off Jervis Bay tomorrow afternoon.
The Old Girl’s mothering abilities continue with a trio of Common Terns dropping in for a visit and to enjoy a bit of foot-tapping to Celtic folk music.
Cook’s Journal. Daily Entries
Monday, 2nd April 1770
In the PM had a Moderate gale at North with thick hazy weather attended with rain At 8 oClock it fell little wind and veer’d to WSW at which time we tack’d. At Midnight the wind came to SSW and increased to a brisk gale with fair Clowdy weather which we made the most of as soon as it was day light At Noon our Latitude by observation was 40°.0′ and Longde made from Cape Farewell 2°..31′ West —
21 April 1770
Winds southerly a gentle breeze and clear weather with which we coasted along shore to the northward. In the pm we saw a smoak of fire in several places a certain sign that the country is inhabited. At 6 oClock being about 2 or 3 leagues from the land we shortened sail and sounded and found 44 fathom water, a sandy bottom; stood under an easy sail until 12 oClock at which time we brought too untill 4 am when we made sail again, having 90 fathom water 5 leagues from the land. At 6 oClock we were abreast of a pretty high mountain laying near the shore which on (Made all sail studding sails excepted)account of its figure I called Mount Dromedary (Latde 36° 18’s, Longde 209° 55′ west). The shore. underfoot of this mountain forms a point which I have called Cape Dromedary over which is a peaked hillick. At this time found the Variation to be io° 42′ e. Between 10 and 11 oClock Mr Green and I took several observations of the Sun and Moon the mean result of which gave 209° 17′ West longitude from the Meridion of Greenwich. By observations made yesterday we were in the Longitude 210° 9′: -20′ gives 209° 49′ the Longitude of the ship today at noon per yesterdays observations, the mean of which and todays gives 209° 33′ w, by which I fix the Longitude of this coast. Our Latitude at noon was 350 49’s. Cape Dromedary bore s 30 w, dist 12 leagues. An open bay wherein lay three or 4 small islands bore Nwbw dist 5 or 6 leagues, this bay seemed to be but very little
sheltered from the sea winds and yet it is the only likely anchoring place I have yet seen upon the coast.