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An Introduction to Polynesian Anthropology



The sloop Swallow under the skillful seamanship of Captain Cartaret had survived the storm but sailed west on a latitude farther south than the 20° S. followed by the Dolphin. On July 2, 1767, the rocky island of Pitcairn was sighted but no landing made, as the sea was rough. Sailing west, Cartaret discovered Mururoa, which he named Bishop of Osnaburgh Island, and next page 23day, he discovered a group which he named Duke of Gloucester Islands. Cartaret sailed on to the western Pacific, where he made some new discoveries. He finally anchored at Spithead on March 20, 1769. The Swallow should never have sailed in her bad condition, and Cartaret's circumnavigation of the globe in such a vessel in a voyage lasting two years and seven months is a record of courage, endurance, and skill.