James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 348
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From New Guinea to Batavia
[margin] Oct 1770 Straits of Sunda [/margin]
1. To what Nation the ship belongs & its Name.
2. If it comes from Europe for any other Place.
3. From what place it lastly departed from.
4. Where unto design'd to go.
5. What & how many ships of the Dutch Compny, by departure from the last shore these lay'd & their names.
6. If one or more of these ships in Compny, with this is departed for this or any other place.
7. If during the Voyage any particularity is hapened or seen.
8. If not any ships in Sea, or the Streights of Sunda have seen or Hail'd in and which.
9. If any other News worth of Attention at the place from whence the ship lastly departed or during the voyage is hapened.
Batavia in the Castle
By Order of the Governour
General of the Counselors of India
J Brander Bungl
The first & fourth of these directions I only answer'd which when the Officer saw, he made use of the very same words the other had done before! Vix I that we might write what we pleased for it was of no consequence etc & yet he immediately said that he must send that very paper away to Batavia by water & that it would be there by tomorrow noon, which shows that the Govern.r & Counselor of India looks upon such papers to be of some consequence. Be this as it may, any reasons for taking notice of it in this Journal, is because I am well inform'd that it is but of very late years that the Dutch have taken upon them to examine all ships that pass these Streights.
At 10 o'clock we weigh'd with a light breeze at SW but did little more than stern the Current at Noon. Bantam Point & Pula Baba in one bearing EbN, distant from the Point 1 1/2 Mile Lat.de observed 5°:53'So.
Saturday 6th. At 2 o'clock pm finding we could not stern the Current we anchor'd with the kedge anchor under Bantam Point where we lay until '9 at which time current made slowly to the Eastward & at the same time a light breeze springing up at SE we weigh'd & stood to the East until'10 o'clock in the am when the Current oblig'd us