Endeavour: Portland to Sydney, day 12

Voyage crew heading to the Quarantine station. Image: ANMM.

Voyage crew heading to the Quarantine station. Image: ANMM.

A blog series by Steward John Cowie from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Port Lincoln to Portland. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this. 

Day 12, 5th April 2016: Quarantine Bay

The predicted thunder storms and squalls of 45 knots that were to come in from the NE last night failed to eventuate – the wind was very light and the thunder storms faded well before they hit the coast. Anchored in Quarantine Bay, Endeavour therefore swung with the tide and the each of the watches throughout the night only required one crew member. Morning greeted the ship with the sound of commuter ferries coming and going to Manly.

As a final activity for the voyage, passengers were ferried ashore in the sea-boat to take a tour of the Quarantine Station, which by all accounts was quite a hit. Whilst they were away the professional crew started preparing the ship for tomorrow’s return to ANMM and carried some cosmetic maintenance such as sanding, undercoating and painting.

Maintenance. Image: ANMM.

Maintenance. Image: ANMM.

A feature of the last night is a mess dinner and today’s evening meal was no exception. Held in the 18thC crew mess, it included:

  • Cream of Pumpkin Soup
  • Roast Lamb with Rosemary and pan-juices.
  • Roast Baby Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli and Steamed Cauliflower.
  • Apple and Blueberry Strudel with Raspberries and Mint, Custard and Cream.

It was a meal much enjoyed and commented upon and was a fitting end to a voyage that achieved 795 miles and two crossings of Bass Strait, all under sail – no mean feat.

Quarantine Station Image: ANMM.

Quarantine Station. Image: ANMM.

Cook’s Journal: Daily Entries

Thursday 5th April 1770

Fresh Gales at South which in the AM  Veer’d to SEBS. At noon our Latitude by observation was 37°..23′ So Longitude made from Cape Farewell 9°..10′ West   Course and distance saild sence yester noon N 73°..15′ W37 Leagues —

24 April, 1770

In the course of this days run we saw the smook of fire in several places near the sea beach. About 2 leagues to the northward of Cape St George the shore seems to form a bay which appeared to be sheltered from the ne winds but as we had the wind it was not in my power to look into it and the appearance was not favourable enough to induce me to lose time in beating up to it. [Jervis Bay was so named in 1791, after Sir John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent.] The north point of this bay on account of its figure I named Long Nose Latitude 350 6’s. 8 leagues to the northward of this is a point which I called Red Point, some part of the land about it appeared of that colour (Latitude 340 29′ Longde 208° 49′) a little way inland to the nw of this point is a round hill the top of which looks like the crown of a hatt. [Mount Kembla or Hat Hill, 1780 feet.]