Endeavour: Portland to Sydney, day 7

Sunsrise. Image: ANMM.

Sunrise. Image: ANMM.

A blog series by Steward John Cowie from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Port Lincoln to Portland. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Day 7, 31 March 2016: At sea.

The day started out sunny, medium swell and the wind from the SW putting us out of Bass Strait (40 miles from where we were 2 days ago). Starting our run up the coast around 1100 we sighted Point Hicks from 8 miles off.  Appearing out of the blue haze as it must have done when Lieutenant Hicks first spotted it on 19thApril 1770.

The crew on deck. Image: ANMM.

The crew on deck. Image: ANMM.

We passed 3.5 miles east Gabo Island at 1910 and have now started our run up the NSW coast

Since last night we have been running parallel to the rhumb line and have made good time covering 520 miles since Portland, all under sail.  Smiles all around, particularly the Old Girl, she is well and truly in her element.

A fine cake. Image: ANMM.

A fine cake. Image: ANMM.

Happy birthday Mick. Image: ANMM.

Happy birthday Mick. Image: ANMM.

Tomorrow the winds are predicted to swing round to the NW – N which will have us pushing uphill for around 24 hours but Saturday afternoon the wind is due to swing back to the south. Jervis Bay is still on the agenda but, as has been proved often on this voyage, change is a constant.

Cook’s Journal. Daily Entries

31 March 1770

Saturday 31st. In the PM after rowing a League and a half or two Leagues up the Bay I landed on the [sic] upon a point of land on the west side where from an eminency I could see this western arm of the Bay run in SWBW about 5 Leagues farther yet did not see the head of it. There appear’d to be several other inlets or at least small bays, between this and Cape the the NW head of Queen Charlottes sound in every one of which I make no doubt but what there is anchorage and shelter for ship as they are partly cover’d from the sea wind by the Islands which lay without them.

Cook’s Journal. Daily Entries

19 April, 1770

We continued standing to the westward with the wind at ssw until 8 oClock at which time we got topgt yards aCross, made all sail and bore away along shore ne for the Easternmost land we had in sight, being at this time in the Latitude of 370 58’s and Longd of 210° 39′ West. The Southernmost Point of land we had in sight which bore from us w 1/4 s I judged to lay in the Latitude of 38° 0’s and in the longitude of 2110 07′ w from the Meridion of Greenwich. I have named it Point Hicks, because Lieutt Hicks was the first who discovered this land.

— John Cowie, Steward 

One thought on “Endeavour: Portland to Sydney, day 7

  1. Hi John,
    Thank you for the dropbox pics, they are a fantastic souvenir of the voyage. And well curated, from the 100’s you took & collected the selected few really show ‘how it was’, well done.
    Thank you also for the Bolg, I have printed these off and they will be a reminder, of the life and times aboard the ship & with the interesting characters aboard.
    Unfortunately, I was not quick enough to print the blogs Portland to Sydney Day 1 – 6. I didn’t realise you would be taking them down so quickly. Is there any way I can get those?
    Thank you John,
    Best regards,
    Geoff Gage


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