3 months after leaving Sydney and 9 days after first spotting mountains the ship reaches it’s stated commercial landfall on the North West Coast of America on the 29th of May 1796. I don’t even know whether the crew from Boston know they are from the same continent. The trade in furs is dangerous and American vessels have to fend for themselves and contend with harassment from the British and Spanish Navy. The ‘Otter’ sails close in without landing. They spend 3 June weeks sailing and I presume trying to find profitable trade with trappers in the inlets.
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