10 October 1770
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10 October 1770

Dated in Batavia Road J. Seetterly
this 10th of Octr 1770  

Previous to the above I had consulted with the Carpenter and all the other officers concearning the Leake and they were all unanimously of opinion that it was not safe to proceed to Europe without first seeing her bottom     Accordingly I resolved to apply for Leave to heave her down at this place and as I understood that this was to be done in writeing I drew up the following papers to be presented to the Governor &C &C — a Request and in the Morning had it translated into dutch in order to be laid before the Governor

Wednesday 10th ^according to our reckoning, but by the People here Thurs. 11th At 4 oClock in the P.M Anchor'd in Batavia Road where we found the Harcourt Indiaman from England, 2 English Country Ships, 13 Sail of Large Dutch Ships and a number of Small Vesels. As soon as we anchor'd I sent Lieutt Hicks a Shore to acquaint the Governor of our Arrival and to make an Excuse for not Saluting, a thing I did not intend as we could only do it with three Guns I thought it was better let a lone — for it was thought the swivles could not be heard —

The Carpenter now deliverd me in the following Defects of the Ship, of which the following is a Copy —

The Defects of His Majestys Ship Bark Endeavour Lieutt James Cook Commander —

The Ship very Leakey / as she makes from twelve to six Inches pr Hour / Occationd by her Main Keel being wounded in many places and the Scarph of her stem being very open. The False Keel gone beyond the Midships / from for ward and perhaps farther / as I had no opportunity of seeing for the water when haul'd a shore for repair /. Wounded on her Larboard side under the Main Channel where I immagine the greatest Leak is / but could not come at it for the water./ One Pump on the Larboard side useless the others decay'd within 11/2 Inch of the bore - Otherwise Masts, Yards, Boats & Hull in prety good condition —

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