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Log entries for February, 1773-02-01 - 1773-02-28

 Item
Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/58: 24-31

Scope and Contents

Daily log entries, made while in the Southern Ocean. An entry for 1 February records that they saw a large bed of sea-weed and some divers, and were certain land was near, ‘but were equally at a loss which way to look for it’ [RGO 14/58: 24]. Wales records that the Resolution lost sight of the Adventure in thick fog on 7 February; they fired guns and lit ‘false fires’ the following day and night but received no answer [RGO 14/58: 26v-27]. On 16 February Wales notes that he had asked the crew to report to him any ‘extraordinary or uncommon appearance in the heavens’ that they saw while on the voyage; Mr [Richard] Pickersgill had therefore reported seeing ‘something like the Aurora Borealis’, while Wales also witnessed and described the phenomenon over the following nights [RGO 14/58: 28-29]. There are regular reports on the frequency of ice-islands, which made travelling hazardous, while one entry on 23 February reports a curious ice-island shaped like a castle [RGO 14/58: 29v].

Dates

  • 1773-02-01 - 1773-02-28

Creator

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Extent

8 folio(s) (8 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials

English

Original geographic information

Antarctica [subject]

Original geographic information

Southern Ocean [subject]

Finding aid date

2012-05-11 14:42:35+00:00

Repository Details

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