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Captain Cook in Google Earth: Bustard Bay to Cape Manifold

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Endeavour navigating through the Keppel Islands

Endeavour sailed from Bustard Bay on 24May1770, navigating around the rocks stretching out from the north point of the bay. Following the coastline a few miles off, they reached and rounded Cape Capricorn, so named for its proximity to the Tropic of Capricorn.

They anchored at night for safety because they were finding shoal water in many and unexpected places. On sailing between the northernmost of the Keppel Islands and the mainland they found a depth of only 3 fathoms. They anchored immediately and sounded the channel ahead using their smaller boats. Where they anchored there was less than 2 feet of water beneath the keel, far too little for comfort.

They found deeper water between the islands to the east and continued the voyage northwards to Cape Manifold.

Today, I added this 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 navigating to the south of the northernmost Keppel Island.

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

February 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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