The Story of Captain Cook's First Great Epic Voyage

Book - 1999
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Blackwell North Amer
The story of the Endeavour has always been seen as a small part of Captain Cook's biography when, in fact, the voyage is a complete narrative in its own right. James Cook, Joseph Banks the botanist, and many other characters are brought to life and the reader feels like a participant on the voyage as the ship enters the uncharted South Pacific.
Together the crew sail round the world in their wooden ship, at the mercy of wind and sea, powered only by canvas sails and ropes of hemp. They navigate their Endeavour through coral reefs, river estuaries and harbours, through strange waters where no ship has sailed before. In the course of a three year journey they encounter the amorous Tahitians, the fierce and warlike Maoris and the reticent Australian Aborigines. They witness the Polynesian love of surf, they become the first white men to see a Maori war dance, an Australian boomerang and the astounding leaping kangaroo. Together in adversity, they clutch white-knuckled at the ship's rail and stare into the jaws of death as they come within feet of certain destruction on the Great Barrier Reef.

Publisher: Moreton-in-Marsh : Windrush, 1999
ISBN: 9781900624305
Characteristics: 216 p. : maps ; 22 cm


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