1779: KEALAKEKUA BAY, HAWAI‘I, DAVID SAMWELL. “THE MOTION IS SO RAPID THAT THEY SEEM TO FLY ON THE WATER”

David Samwell was surgeon’s mate on both the Resolution and the Discovery during Captain James Cook’s third and final voyage to the Pacific. This journal entry, which has been slightly edited, was written about three weeks before Cook was killed.  *  *  *  As two or three of us were walking along shore today we…