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Captain James Cook's account

Captain James Cook's journal account 1770

Page from Cook's journal for 13 June 1770 that recounts the crew's efforts to plug the hole in Endeavour's hull

This page from Cook's journal for 13 June 1770 recounts the crew's efforts to plug the hole in Endeavour's hull.

Courtesy: National Library of Australia,

13 June 1770

Wednesday 13th In the PM had light airs at ESE with which we kept edgeing in for the land, having got the got up the Main topmast and Main yard and having got the sail ready for fothering the Ship we put it over under the Starboard fore chains where we suspected the ^Ship had sufferd most and soon after the leak decreased so as to be kept clear with one Pump with ease, this fortunate circumstance gave new life to every one on board — It is much easier to conceive than to discribe the satisfaction felt by every one on board body on this occasion, but a few minutes before our utmost wishes were to get hold of some place upon the Main or an Island to run the Ship ashore where out of her Materials we might build a vessel to carry us to the East Indias. no sooner were we made sensible that the outward application to the Ships bottom had taken effect thatn the feild of every mans hopes inlarged so that we now thought of nothing but rainging along shore in search of a harbour where we could repair the Ship damages we had susstaind —

This section of the text appears underneath a flap of paper later added to the journal.

In justice to the Ships Company I must say that no men ever behaved better than they have done on this occasion animated by the beheavour of every gentleman on board every man seem'd to have a just sence of the danger we were in and exerted himself self to the very utmost.

Portrait of James Cook, in about 1775, by artist William Hodges

Artist William Hodges painted this portrait of his captain, James Cook, in about 1775.

Courtesy: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

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