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Voyages in the Southern Hemisphere, Vols. II - IIIVoyaging Accounts
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6 December 1769

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James Cook
Joseph Banks

Mercury Bay to the Bay of Islands


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Mercury Bay to the Bay of Islands (continued)

The inhabitants in this bay are far more numerous than in any other part of the country that we had before visited; it did not appear to us that they were united under one head, and though their towns were fortified, they seemed to live together in perfect amity.

It is high water in this bay at the full and change of the moon, about eight o’clock, and the tide then rises from six to eight feet perpendicularly. It appears, from such observations as I was able to make of the tides upon the seacoast, that the flood comes from the southward; and I have reason to think that there is a current which comes from the westward, and sets along the shore to the S.E. or S.S.E. as the land happens to lie.

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