Log entries for April to May, 1774-04-01 - 1774-05-31
Scope and Contents
Daily log entries until 21 April, travelling via the Marquesa Islands, Palliser’s Islands, King George Island and Matavai Bay (Tahiti). These are followed by summarised entries covering the period until the end of May, when the ship was anchored in Matavai Bay. The entries for 7-11 April include mention of being greeted in the Marquesa Islands by local inhabitants in canoes bearing fruit and plantains, records of observations taken, and descriptions of the islands [RGO 14/58: 102]. That for 17 April records encountering locals armed with spears on the islands identified as King George’s Islands; according to Wales the islands were strongly contested by most of the officers to be the Labyrinth of Roggevein [RGO 14/58: 103v]. The entries from 22 April to 14 May record observations made at Matavai Bay where Wales went ashore with his instruments and found that his reflecting telescope had been made useless ‘by dampness’ [RGO 14/58: 105]. On 15 May the ship travelled on to Owharre Harbour on the island of Huaheine, where Wales made further observations but could not go on shore as the inhabitants were ‘too troublesome’ [RGO 14/58: 105]. Four maps are included.
- 1774-04-01 - 1774-05-31
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Finding aid date
- From the File: Wales, William, 1734 - 1798 (astronomer and mathematician) (Person)