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Captain Cook in Google Earth: Point Danger to Bustard Bay

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Endeavour in BustardBay

Today, I added a leg of Cook’s exploration of the Australian coast to my Google Earth tour which presents his first voyage round the world. The screenshot above shows Endeavour anchored in Bustard Bay on 23May1770 after travelling north from Point Danger.

If you use Google Earth I can strongly recommend version 6.2 which, to my mind, has dramatically improved imagery.

Copyright © Colin Hazlehurst, 2012

If you would like to follow Cook’s voyage, you will need to install the latest version of Google Earth on your computer; then go to the Captain Cook blog  and click on the links on the right-hand side of the page, under the ‘Google Earth’ heading. After the animation is loaded in Google Earth, you need to expand an entry in the Table of Contents. You will see a ‘Play’ icon which you double-click to start the animation. Don’t forget to enable your speakers to hear the spoken journal.

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Captain Cook in Google Earth: Botany Bay to Point Danger

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Endeavour from Mount Warning

Between May 6th and May16th, 1770, Endeavour sailed between Botany Bay and Point Danger passing Port Jackson, Broken  Bay, Port Stephens, Cape Hawke, and arriving at Point Danger. This last is the point on the coast where New South Wales and Queensland meet.

I have now completed this leg of Cook’s exploration of the Australian coast in my Google Earth tour which presents his first voyage round the world. The screenshot above shows Endeavour off Point Danger, viewed from Mount Warning.

Copyright © Colin Hazlehurst, 2012

If you would like to follow Cook’s voyage, you will need to install the latest version of Google Earth on your computer; then go to the Captain Cook blog  and click on the links on the right-hand side of the page, under the ‘Google Earth’ heading. After the animation is loaded in Google Earth, you need to expand an entry in the Table of Contents. You will see a ‘Play’ icon which you double-click to start the animation. Don’t forget to enable your speakers to hear the spoken journal.

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January 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Captain Cook in Google Earth: Botany Bay

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Cook's landing place in Botany Bay

This post reports the completion of my endeavours to present, in a Google Earth tour, Lieutenant James Cook’s exploration and description of Botany Bay. The screenshot above shows Endeavour anchored in the bay close to the place where Cook first set foot on Australian soil.

It takes just under 24 minutes to read aloud Cook’s account of the bay, its hydrography, its wildlife, and its inhabitants. He sounded the bay and determined where there were deeper channels and areas of shoal water. He described the trees, the soil, the shellfish, and other marine life, including leather jackets and the stingrays after which the bay was given its first name. He also gave as good an account as he could of the people he met, though at no point was there an exchange of views, other than the throwing of spears and the firing of muskets.

Seaman Forby Sutherland died here and was buried near the watering place close to the southern promontory at the entrance to Botany Bay, which Cook then named Point Sutherland.

Copyright © Colin Hazlehurst, 2012

If you would like to follow Cook’s voyage, you will need to install the latest version of Google Earth on your computer; then go to the Captain Cook blog  and click on the links on the right-hand side of the page, under the ‘Google Earth’ heading. After the animation is loaded in Google Earth, you need to expand an entry in the Table of Contents. You will see a ‘Play’ icon which you double-click to start the animation. Don’t forget to enable your speakers to hear the spoken journal.

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January 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Captain Cook in Google Earth: exploring Botany Bay

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Cook's landing place in Botany Bay

April 29th, 1770; Lieutenant James Cook brought Endeavour to anchor in 5 fathoms 2 miles within the entrance to Botany Bay. Already they have seen people on the north and south points of the bay and Cook was keen to make contact with them. From his journal:

Saw, as we came in, on both points of the bay, several of the Natives and a few hutts; Men, Women, and Children on the South Shore abreast of the Ship, to which place I went in the Boats in hopes of speaking with them, accompanied by Mr. Banks, Dr. Solander, and Tupia. As we approached the Shore they all made off, except 2 Men, who seem’d resolved to oppose our landing. As soon as I saw this I order’d the boats to lay upon their Oars, in order to speak to them; but this was to little purpose, for neither us nor Tupia could understand one word they said. We then threw them some nails, beads, etc., ashore, which they took up, and seem’d not ill pleased with, in so much that I thought that they beckon’d to us to come ashore; but in this we were mistaken, for as soon as we put the boat in they again came to oppose us, upon which I fir’d a musquet between the 2, which had no other effect than to make them retire back, where bundles of their darts lay, and one of them took up a stone and threw at us, which caused my firing a second musquet, load with small shott; and altho’ some of the shott struck the man, yet it had no other effect than making him lay hold on a target. Immediately after this we landed, which we had no sooner done than they throw’d 2 darts at us; this obliged me to fire a third shott, soon after which they both made off, but not in such haste but what we might have taken one; but Mr. Banks being of opinion that the darts were poisoned, made me cautious how I advanced into the woods.

I have started to add the exploration of Botany Bay to my latest Google Earth tour. The screenshot above shows Endeavour anchored in Botany Bay close to the place where Cook first set foot on Australia.

Copyright © Colin Hazlehurst, 2012

If you would like to follow Cook’s voyage, you will need to install the latest version of Google Earth on your computer; then go to the Captain Cook blog  and click on the links on the right-hand side of the page, under the ‘Google Earth’ heading. After the animation is loaded in Google Earth, you need to expand an entry in the Table of Contents. You will see a ‘Play’ icon which you double-click to start the animation. Don’t forget to enable your speakers to hear the spoken journal.

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January 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

Captain Cook in Google Earth: Point Hicks to Botany Bay

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Endeavour north of Red Point

It was April 28th, 1770. Lieutenant James Cook had just attempted to land on Australian soil and meet some of its inhabitants. This was about about 9 miles to the north of Red Point. They were prevented from getting ashore by the great surf breaking on the beach. After this he wrote in his journal:

At this time, it fell calm and we were not above a mile and a half from the shore, in 11 fathoms, and within some breakers that lay to the southward of us; but luckily, a light breeze came off from the land, which carried us out of danger, and with which we stood to the northward.

During the night they sailed Endeavour northwards and:

At daylight, in the morning, we discovered a bay, which appeared to be tolerably well sheltered from all winds, into which I resolved to go with the ship.

This inlet was first given the name Stingray Bay but was soon renamed Botany Bay on account of “the great quantity of plants Mr. Banks and Dr. Solander found in this place.”

Botany Bay

This post reports the completion of the first leg of a Google Earth tour showing Cook’s exploration of the east coast of Australia. It spans 11 days from 18Apr1770 to 28Apr1770 inclusive and shows the approach of Endeavour to Australia and the first sighting of land by Lieutenant Hicks. It animates a 3D model of a ship to follow Endeavour’s track as Lieutenant Cook surveyed the coast in a northerly direction. The places he named on this coast include:

Copyright © Colin Hazlehurst, 2012

If you would like to follow Cook’s voyage, you will need to install the latest version of Google Earth on your computer; then go to the Captain Cook blog  and click on the links on the right-hand side of the page, under the ‘Google Earth’ heading. After the animation is loaded in Google Earth, you need to expand an entry in the Table of Contents. You will see a ‘Play’ icon which you double-click to start the animation. Don’t forget to enable your speakers to hear the spoken journal.

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January 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Endeavour abreast Pigeon House Mountain, 22Apr1770

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Endeavour abreast Pigeon House Mountain

On 22Apr1770, H.M. Bark Endeavour sailed from Bateman Bay to just south of Jervis Bay. While the ship was hove-to overnight, the southerly current carried her 10 miles back over ground they had already covered. Working close in alongshore to the north north-east, they saw several people on the beach. Pigeon House Mountain was a remarkable hill inland that Cook used for triangulating the ship’s position.

Today, I added 22Apr1770  to the Google Earth tour showing Cook’s exploration of the east coast of Australia.

Copyright © Colin Hazlehurst, 2012

If you would like to follow Cook’s voyage, you will need to install the latest version of Google Earth on your computer; then go to the Captain Cook blog  and click on the links on the right-hand side of the page, under the ‘Google Earth’ heading. After the animation is loaded in Google Earth, you need to expand an entry in the Table of Contents. You will see a ‘Play’ icon which you double-click to start the animation. Don’t forget to enable your speakers to hear the spoken journal.

Endeavour off Bateman Bay, 21Apr1770

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Endeavour off Bateman Bay, 21Apr1770

Endeavour off Bateman Bay, 21Apr1770

Today, I added 21Apr1770 to the Google Earth tour showing Cook’s exploration of the east coast of Australia.

Endeavour sailed northwards from Cape Howe past Cape Dromedary, with Mount Dromedary behind, and on as far as Bateman Bay.

If you would like to follow Cook’s voyage, you will need to install the latest version of Google Earth on your computer; then go to the Captain Cook blog  and click on the links on the right-hand side of the page, under the ‘Google Earth’ heading. After the animation is loaded in Google Earth, you need to expand an entry in the Table of Contents. You will see a ‘Play’ icon which you double-click to start the animation. Don’t forget to enable your speakers to hear the spoken journal.

Copyright © Colin Hazlehurst, 2012

(Screenshot courtesy of Google)

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