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1976 first Edition Nelson Province Excellent condition

Mrs Host has also set down some interesting biographical details of Tasman as well as an interesting Dutch ship's dietary scale.

The Nelson coastline, and indeed the whole of New Zealand remained secluded from European attention for 127 years until on Saturday 24th March, 1770, James Cook, sailing northwards up the west coast of the South Island rounded the cape that he was later to name Cape Farewell, and during the following two days he sailed across the head of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay to Stephens Island, thus completing the circumnavigation of both islands of New Zealand. On Saturday, 31st March, before departing at the conclusion of this, his first voyage to New Zealand, he wrote in his Journal "Between this Island (Stephen's Island) and Cape Farewell which is West by North and East by South, distant 14 or 15 Leagues from each other the Shore forms a large deep bay, the bottom of which we could hardly see in sailing in a straight line from one Cape to the other: but it is not at all improbable but what is all low land next to the sea, as we have met with less water here than any other part of the Coast at the same distance from-land. However, a Bay there is known on the Chart by the name of Blind Bay. But I have reason to believe this to be Tasman's "Murderers' Bay."

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