Distance run in the last 24 hrs; 80.6NM
Average speed; 3.3KN
Weather; SSE winds force 5, blue skies with moderate cloud cover, sea swell 2m
Once the T’ Gallants, spritsails and jib are set the ships cuts through the water smoothly and with such ease. Although the winds aren’t ideal it is a beautiful sail this afternoon and everyone seems to be in awe at how majestic the ship looks with so much sail set. The wind remains light for most of the afternoon, which means the light wind sails aren’t handed until as late as 1645. Captain Ross gives a lecture into 18th century sailing this afternoon, giving the crew a brief background on Endeavour’s history of being a Whitby Collier. Aptly named, as the original Endeavour was built in Whitby, UK and collier because she was built as a coal carrier. There were modifications carried out specifically for Cook’s voyage as an extra deck was laid for the officers, marines and sailors so that supernumeraries (scientific party) could now be accommodated. The characteristics of a Whitby Colliers are also discussed during the lecture, such as why the British Admiralty chose these vessels for scientific exploration. Being colliers they were work horses of the sea being sturdy and able to carry a vast amount of cargo but unfortunately due to their hull shape (a flat bottom barge) compromised in their sailing performance therefore to sail effectively we need the wind abaft (behind) the beam, hence the expression ‘Fair Winds and Following Sea’s’.
At dinner Megan talks about how exhilarating it was going up to furl the t’gallant this afternoon especially as a large pod of dolphins come to play in the wake as the crew work hard to stow the sail. By evening time the wind is starting to progressively pick up and by 1900 the wind has increased to a force 5 from a force 2. Although these conditions are not out of the normal for the professional crew, it is the voyage crew’s first experience on board with some choppier seas. More caution is taken while trying to manoeuvre around the ship and also the crew learn that anything placed down on a table won’t remain there for long. As the wind increases, the seas increase and the ship roll’s. It is a tiring night for the crew as they adjust to the new conditions, with some suffering from the motion.
By the morning there are a few people bouncing back as they adjust to the motion however there are bleary eyed cautious crew at breakfast this morning. We are still not heading in the direction we would like due to the continuing SSE winds but we are making a slight progress.
The deck is busy this morning with Captain Ross giving another lecture in sextants and alternative navigation techniques and a group busy helping with maintenance on hammocks, which consists of producing grommets and splices.