Friday, 16th. In the P.M. had a light breeze North-East, with which we steer’d West, edging in for the land, which was distant from us about 8 Leagues. At 7 o’Clock the Southermost Extream of the land in sight bore West-South-West, being about 6 Leagues from the Shore; soon after this it fell Calm, and continued so most part of the night, with sometimes light Airs from the land. At daylight we discover’d land bearing South by West, and seemingly detached from the Coast we were upon; at 8 o’Clock a breeze sprung up at North by East, and we steer’d directly for it. At Noon was in the Latitude of 43 degrees 19 minutes South; the Peak on the Snowy Mountains bore North 20 degrees East, distant 27 Leagues; the Southern Extremity we could see of that land bore West, and the land discover’d in the morning, making like an Island, extending from South-South-West to South-West by West 1/2 West, distant about 8 Leagues; our Course and distance sail’d since yesterday at Noon South-West by West, 43 Miles; Variation by this Morning’s Amplitude 14 degrees 39 minutes East.
February 16, 2013
Friday, 16th February, 1770