1779: EXPLORER GEORGE GILBERT, KEALAKEKUA BAY, HAWAII. BLIMEY, HOW D’YE PADDLE THESE THINGS?

George Gilbert was a midshipman on HMS Discovery during Captain James Cook’s final voyage through the Pacificc. The exact date of this entry is unknown, but it was written in February 1779, and Cook was killed on the 14th of that month. As surf scholar Patrick Moser noted in his book Pacific Passages, Gilbert’s final…