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Captain James Cook, Endeavour journal, 1770

“Saturday, 28th April: In the P.M. hoisted out the Pinnace and Yawl in order to attempt a landing [off Woonona], but the Pinnace took in the Water so fast that she was obliged to be hoisted in again to stop her leaks. At this time we saw several people a shore, 4 of whom where carrying a small Boat or Canoe, which we imagin’d they were going to put in to the Water in order to Come off to us; but in this we were mistaken. Being now about 2 Miles from the Shore Mr. Banks, Dr. Solander, Tupia, and myself put off in the Yawl, and pull’d in for the land to a place where we saw 4 or 5 of the Natives, who took to the Woods as we approached the Shore; which disappointed us in the expectation we had of getting a near View of them, if not to speak to them. But our disappointment was heightened when we found that we no where could effect a landing by reason of the great Surff which beat everywhere upon the shore. We saw haul’d up upon the beach 3 or 4 small Canoes, which to us appeared not much unlike the Small ones of New Zealand.”

Australian Aborigines in bark canoes, Botony Bay, 1770

Australian Aborigines in bark canoes, Botany Bay, 1770

 

Profile of the H.M.S. Endeavor, originally captained by James Cook.

The H.M.S. Endeavor beached for repairs after striking the Great Barrier Reef during the first Pacific voyage of James Cook in 1770.

The H.M.S. Endeavour beached for repairs after striking the Great Barrier Reef during the first Pacific voyage of James Cook in 1770.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth Endeavour 1768

Plymouth Endeavour 1768

 

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Maori war canoe

Maori war canoe

This engraving by R. B. Godfrey from a drawing by Sydney Parkinson, the artist on James Cook’s first voyage to New Zealand, depicts Maori in an intricately carved war canoe. Although Cook recognised that Maori had a highly developed warrior tradition, he was impressed by their skills in agriculture, fishing and carving. He also found them generally hospitable to newcomers.

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