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To the Northward of Whitsunday's Passage there there are few or no large inlets and consequently the Flood sets to the Northward or NW according to the Direction of the Coast, and Ebb the Contrary; but this is to be understood at a little distance from land or where there are no Creeks or Inlets, for where such are be they ever so small they draw the Flood from the South-ward Eastward, and Northrd, as I found by experience while we lay in Endeavour River. Another thing I have Observe'd upon the Tides which ought to be remark'd, which is that there is only one high Tide in 24 hours and that is the Night Tide; or spring Tides the difference between the perpendicular Rise of the Night and Day Tides is not less than 3 feet which is a great deal where the Tides are so inconsiderable as they are here; this inequality of the Tides I did not observe till we run ashore, perhaps it is much more so to the Northward than to the southward - After we had got within the Reefs the second time we found the Tides more considerable than at any time before except in the Bay of Inlets, it may be owing to the water being confin'd in Channells between the Shoals, here the Flood also sets to the NW, to the extremity of New Wales, from thence West and SW into the India Sea

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