The ATLAS Protected Network Help fight CyberCrime! Choose an ATLAS Protected Network ISP

This Day in History

Australian Explorers

Sunday, December 7, 1800. :   James Grant discovers and names Portland Bay and Cape Otway on the southern coast.

     James Grant was a young lieutenant sent out on a survey voyage of the southern coast of Australia. Grant was given orders to take possession in the King's name of any large rivers and good pastureland, as long as such possession was done with the consent of any native inhabitants who might be present. On 7 December 1800, Grant discovered Portland Bay, describing it as "picturesque and beautiful", and naming it after the Duke of Portland. He was unable to land, however, due to the windy conditions and strong surf. Sailing further east on the 7th, Grant sighted and named Cape Albany Ottway, after his friend Captain William Albany Ottway. The Cape, and later the nearby Ranges, were renamed Otway.

Receive "Today in History" on your Desktop Receive "Today in History" by EMail
 
Do It Yourself Web Pages. This is a DIY Web Page. Click Here to create your own masterpiece today. Proudly brought to you by Web Management InterActive Technologies Pty Ltd Email: today@wmit.net.au Terms | Prefs | Privacy © 1984-2017 Web Management Do It Yourself Web Pages. This is a DIY Web Page. Click Here to create your own masterpiece today. Proudly brought to you by Web Management InterActive Technologies Pty Ltd