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    Re: How did Sumner navigate in 1837?
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2003 May 25, 23:11 +0100

    Trevor Kenchington said, about the West coast of Tasmania-
    >It is a wicked place to be. Even in a fully-powered 45-metre stern
    >trawler, I was always glad to be finished with our work on the west side
    >of Tasmania and able to slip around South West and South East capes to
    >the quiet anchorage in Adventure Bay that Cook had found and Bligh used
    >more than once.
    George comments-
    I can well believe it, though I don't have Trevor's personal experience. I
    was fortunate enough to visit Macquarie harbour in benign weather when the
    tourist catamaran could pass out through Hell's Mouth, and nose around
    outside. I understand that such days are rare.
    It wasn't Cook who found Adventure Bay (on Bruny Island, Tasmania), but
    Furneaux, in 1773, without Cook. Adventure was Cook's partner-ship, and the
    two vessels had separated. Cook visited the bay on his third and last
    voyage, in Resolution, in 1777, with Bligh as master. I think Bligh called
    again, Eastbound, on one, or perhaps both, of his "breadfruit" voyages.
    When I visited, there was an interesting privately-run museum about the
    visits of Cook and Bligh, just by the beach in Adventure Bay. It had some
    volumes, under glass, which I seriously coveted.
    Adventure Bay was indeed a placid spot, but presumably it gets lively in
    the occasional Easterly.
    The first European visit to Tasmania was, of course, Tasman's, much
    earlier, in 1642,  to the East coast, though Tasman himself didn't land.
    Instead, the carpenter swam ashore to plant a flag.
    As for Conrad, he knew what he was talking about.
    contact George Huxtable by email at george@huxtable.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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