31st March 1836

Captain Fitzroy’s Journal
On the 31st were in much doubt whether they [Southern Keeling or Cocos Isd] lay eastward or to the west of us. There was most reason to induce me to steer eastward — indeed I was about to give orders to that effect just as the sun was setting, (no land being seen from the mast-head, though the horizon was clear) — when a number of gannets flew past the ship towards the west. We steered directly after them…

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