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 11, 4th April 2016: At sea.
We were off Jervis Bay at 2100 last night when the rains came and the wind went further into the nor’east. Reluctantly, we brought the square sails in and motored on. Morning dawned, more rain, and squalls of around 25 knots, a low swell, and the EA Current still pushing us south at 3 knots.
The rain finally cleared, although it remained overcast and by 1000 we were off Thirroul. Continuing north we were 4 miles off Wattamolla by 1230 and on track to reach Sydney Harbour before the predicted nor’easterlys reached 30 knots with squalls of 45.
Everything about this voyage has been brilliant and the entry into Sydney Harbour was no exception. The huge sandstone cliffs appear to lean over the ship and for the first time visitor, the entry into Sydney is overwhelming. By 1745 the Bower anchor was imbedded into the seabed of Quarantine Bay and quiet settled across the ship. By about 9.00PM, 11 days of watchkeeping had taken its toll and almost everyone was catching up on sleep.
Tomorrow there’s a tour of the Quarantine Station before we get the ship ready for Wednesday’s arrival at Darling Harbour. There’s a view onboard that we should go back to sea – there’s still a huge amount of voyaging to do!
Cook’s Journal: Daily Entries
Wednesday 4th April 1770
Had a stead brisk gale at SSW with some flying showers of rain and a large hollow sea from the Southward In the PM unbent the Main Topsail to repair, brought another to the yard and set it close reef’d At Noon our Latitude by observation was 37°..56′ So Course and distance saild sence yesterday at Noon N 60° West 122 Miles. Longitude made from Cape Farewell 6°..54 West —
23 April 1770
In the pm had a gentle breeze at east which in the night veered to ne and North. At 1/2 past 4 pm being about 5 miles from the land we tacked and stood off SE and East untill 4 am at which time we tackd and stood in, being then about 9 or 10 leagues from the land. At 8 oClock it fell little wind and soon after calm. At noon we were by observation in the Latitude of 350 38′ and about 6 leagues from the land.