17 April 1770
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17 April 1770

Tuesday 17th At 2 PM the wind came to WSW at which time we tack'd and stood to the NW, before 5 oClock we was obliged to close reef our topsails having a strong gale with very heavy squals, about this time a small land bird was seen to pearch upon the riging, we sounded but had no ground with 120 fathoms of line. At 8 oClock we wore and stood to the Southward until 12 at night than wore and stood to the NW untill 4 AM when we again stood to the Southd haveing a fresh ^gale at WSW attend with squals and dark hazey unsettled weather untill 9 oClock at which time it fell little wind and the weather ^soon after clear'd up which a little after a 11 gave us an oppertunity of takeing several observations of the Sun and Moon the mean result of which gave 207°..56' West Longitude from the Meridion of Greenwich, from these observations the Longitude of the Ship at Noon was 207°..58' and by the Log 208°..20' the difference being on^ly 22' and ^this error may as well lay in the one as the other, our Latitude at noon was 39°..36' So and Longde made from Cape Farewell 22°.22' Wt

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