Everywhere we sailed across the Pacific there
were historic reminders of the great navigational feats of James Cook, initially
a mere Liutenant and then promoted to Captain. In all he made three trips into
the Pacific before he was killed and eaten by the locals in Hawaii. These trips
helped to detail vast areas of hithertoo uncharted seas and coastline,
discovering many new islands and lands (at least to the Europeans).
As well as many Pacific islands his influence is
seen throughout New Zealand with many place names, straits and towns named after
him, his ships and some of his crew, but nowhere is his influence see more
strongly than in Australia where he is admired for his many
Having missed the replica of the Endevour that was
built in Western Australia out of local timbers, we were fortunate to sail by
her as we approached cairns and get a closer look at her as she entered the
Endevour anchored in the lee of Green
The travelling exhibition as the ship replicates
Cooks original voyage around Australia.
We were luckly enough to speak with a previous
crewmember who had sailed the ship to Tasmania a few years earlier and learn
something of life on
baord the modern equivalent of the famous old ship.
In this litagous age it is not possible to obtain
insurance without due regard to safety. Note the navigation aids on the