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24 January 1769

Tuesday 24th Janry The fore and middle part of these 24 hours Moderate gales and clowdy with some showers of rain, the latter a fresh gale with flying showers: at 7 PM New Island bore NWBN, and a small Island laying to the Westward of it bore WBN, Variation pr several Azimuths 21°..0' East which is much less than we have yet found it upon this coast   Yet I am satisfied with the goodness of the observations —   at 1/2 past 1 AM the wind shifted from SSW to ESE.   Tacked and stood SW, at 6 saw the land to the Westward makeing like several Islands —   at 8 two small Islands laying off a low point of land bore WBS distt 3 Leagues and the small Island we saw last night bore NNW: this I take to be the Island of Evouts, it is about one League in circuit and of a moderate height ^ and lies 4 Leagues from the Main near the south point of it are some peeked Rocks pretty high above water--   the wind coming to the Southward we did but just Weather this Island, in passing it sounded and had 40 fathom water sand and broken shells-   At Noon it bore NE Distt one League and the low point of land before mentioned So 17° West distant 4 or 5 Leagues, Tacked and Stood to the SE wind at SSW —  from this low point the land trends to the N.W. about 4 Leagues where it ends in a low point round which to the westward appears to be a deep Bay, unless this land should prove to be an Isld or Islands which is most likely: it rises into high craggy Hills and the Shore seems to form several Bays, if so they must afford good shelter for shipping against southerly and westerly winds —


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