Wednesday 17 August 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Rapid left the river Thames on 4 May, and arrived in Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, on 19 August. The Cygnet left England on 24 March, 1836, with Messrs Kingston, Finniss, Symonds, Neale, Cannan, and Hardy, all of the Surveying Department. She touched at Rio, and did not reach Nepean Bay until 11 September. I shall now commence by extracts from my log, with such observations as I made at the time and during subsequent periods.

17 August -Observed the land to the northward; at midnight, sounded in 40 fathoms, white sand.

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