Endeavour: Portland to Sydney, day 8

Sunrise with a ship on the horizon. Image: ANMM.

Sunrise with a ship on the horizon. 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 8, 01 April 2016: at sea.

Another sunny day, light winds coming in from the NW-N and a calm sea, no change in the sails and we found ourselves travelling east 30 miles north of Gabo Island and 20 miles east of Eden, and not a film star insight.

We wore the ship around 1100 and at 1300 we were back in sight of Mt Imlay after a brief encounter with a number of lobster pots, none of which we collected.

Lobster pots. Image: ANMM.

Lobster pots. Image: ANMM.

These winds are expected to hang around for 24 hours and should the predicted change to the SW arrive we will be in a good position to take advantage of it. With about 45 miles to Montague island and some time in hand, Jervis Bay remains on the agenda.

The peregrine falcon has disappeared from the yards only to be replaced by a lesser blue parrot (common name Blue Jibbery) which is on the endangered species list. Besides sailing the Old Girl has taken on a mothering role.

Blue jibbery. Image: ANMM.

Blue jibbery. Image: ANMM.

In mid-afternoon feet were a-tapping as the sounds of Celtic folk music swept over the ship. The music came from Scottish small pipes accompanied by violin, there is hidden talent aboard HMB Endeavour which bursts forth at an appropriate time.

Celtic folk music filled the decks of the ship. Image: ANMM.

Celtic folk music filled the decks of the ship. Image: ANMM.

Cook’s Journal. Daily Entries

1 April 1770

Sunday 1st In the PM had a Moderate breeze at East which in the night Veer’d to the NE and was attended with hazey rainy weather. I have before made mention of our quiting the New Zeland — with an intention to steer to the westward which we accordingly did takeing my our departure from Cape Fare­well in the Latitude of 40°..30′ So and

Longitude 185°..58′ Wt from Greenwich, which bore from us at 5 P.M. West 18° north distance 12 Miles. After this we steer’d NW and WNW in order to give it a good berth until 8 o,Clock AM at which time we steered West having the Advantage of a fresh Gale at NBE   At Noon our Latitude by account was 40°..12′ So Longitude made from Cape Farewell 1°..11′ West —

20 April 1770

At 6 o’clock shortened sail and brought-too for the night having 56 fathoms and a fine sandy bottom, and the northermost land in sight bore NbE 1/2 e and a small island [Gabo] lying close to a point on the main bore west
distant 2 leagues. This point I have named Cape Howe. It may be known by the trending of the coast which is north on one side and sw on the other (Latitude 370 28’s, Longde 2100 3′ west) it may likewise be known by some round hills upon the main just within it.


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