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  Point Venus Lighthouse
by easyoar

Captain Cook (and Captain Bligh) both anchored off Point Venus. It is Tahiti's most northerly point and has a flat sandy beach. The sailors would anchor up, and then trade metal objects such as knives and nails for food and sex (apparently the going rate for sex could be as high as one whole nail!).

The name Venus comes about as Cook built a fort on the site to watch Venus cross the Sun. Unfortunately however he failed in his observations due to lack of proper equipment to allow him to look at the bright sun!

The Lighthouse here has the date 1867 just above the door. However it was apprently built on "Tahiti Time", and was actually finished one year later...

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  • Written Dec 22, 2004
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