6 September 1770
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6 September 1770

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6 September 1770

Thursday 6th A Steady fresh gale at EBS and clear weather, with which we steerd WSW   At 7 oClock in the evening, we took in the small Sails, Reef'd the Top sails and sounded having 50 fathom water.   we still kept WSW all night going at the rate of 41/2 Miles an hour, at 10 oClock had 37 42 fm 11 oClock 45 37, 12 oClock 45, 1 oClock 49 and at 3 oClock 120 fathom after which we could get no ground. In the Evening we caught 2 Boobies which settled upon the rigging and these wre were the first of these Birds we ^have caught in this Manner the Voyage, Altho I have heard of them being caught this way in great numbers. At day light in the Morning we made all the sail we could and at 10 o'Clock saw land extending from NNW to WBN distant 5 or 6 Leagues - At Noon it bore from North to west and about the same distance, our Latitude by observation was 8°.15' St Longde 227°-47' Wt    This Land is of an even and moderate height and by our run from New Guinea ought to be a part of the Arow Isles, but it lays a Degree farther to the South than any of these Islands are laid down in the Charts. We sounded but had no ground with 50 fathoms of line —

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