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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.

Written by netkingcol

January 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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