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Log entries for June, 1774-06-03 - 1774-06-30

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/58: 105-111

Scope and Contents

The log entries cover the journey from Tahiti to Tonga via Howe’s Island [Lord Howe Island], Palmerston Island, and Savage Island [Niue]. They consist of a single summarised log for 23 May-3 June, followed by daily entries. In the entry for 4 June, Wales records hearing from an islander who arrived by canoe from Huaheine that the Adventure was anchored there along with Mr Banks’ ship, and that he had boarded and they had made him drunk (RGO 14/58: 105v). On 14 June Wales notes that the crew were served bread, ‘all our stock of bread-fruit and plantains being done’ [RGO 14/58: 108]; the following day he records sightings of ‘many hundreds of small sharks’ [RGO 14/58: 108v]. The entry for 16 June includes a description of Palmerston Island [RGO 14/58: 108v]. Further entries record encounters with the local inhabitants. The log for 21 June, for example, describes a skirmish which took place on ‘Savage Island’ [RGO 14/58: 108v], while the entry for 28 June includes physical and behavioural observations about the inhabitants of the Friendly Isles [Tonga], described as ‘by far the most friendly and civilised People of any we have met with in those seas, but ... as great Thieves as any and perhaps the most dexterous ’. Wales also notes their skill in canoe-making, ‘neater workmanship being not to be met with in any carpenter’s shop about London’ [RGO 14/58: 111]. Four maps are included.

Dates

  • 1774-06-03 - 1774-06-30

Conditions Governing Access

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Extent

11 folio(s) (11 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials

English

Original geographic information

French Polynesia [subject]

Original geographic information

Lord Howe Island [subject]

Original geographic information

Niue [subject]

Original geographic information

Palmerston [subject]

Original geographic information

Tahiti [subject]

Original geographic information

Tonga [subject]

Finding aid date

2012-05-09 10:26:57+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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