The Endeavour was the first ship to reach the east coast of Australia.
In April 1770, the Endeavour became the first ship to reach the east coast of Australia.
Captain James Cook was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first circumnavigation of New Zealand. The new world to which many of my families were our first arrivals.
I wanted to experience what it was like for the sailors of the time. As a crew member I had to prove my fitness by climbing aloft in good time. Thank goodness I achieved the climb. My journey was rough, with the ocean rolling huge waves and heavy storms. Volunteer crew members were sent below to the hammocks during one really rough patch which could only be handled by the professional crew members.
Would I do it again? Yes sir! Anytime the opportunity might come my way again.
Numerous ancestors in my families were mates, mariners and master mariners. Many sailed the North Sea fishing grounds. I have ancestors that took the dangerous journeys to the “new world” of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America.
In particular my Bain and Pennant people were all associated with the oceans of the world. My Pennant families were from the Shetlands, they sailed the North Sea and my Bain families were mariners that travelled extensively on numerous trading ships from Scottish Ports around the world. Both Pennant and Bain families migrated to Australia in the early 1850s.
I have a proud seafaring heritage in my family.
©Maggie Bain 2018