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 13, 6th April 2016: Darling Harbour.
Early morning call this morning as we had to weigh anchor early to be at Darling Harbour at 1000. Weighing anchor a complex operation, particularly as the Bower anchor weighed 2.5 tons. Using a Fish davit, cathead and various tackles, the anchor was secured outboard as we motored past Georges Heights. Two and a half months of voyaging came to an end as we passed the first lines ashore on time.
Since sailing in January, the ship covered about 3,800 nautical miles, most of it under sail. The longest period under wind power alone was 10 days during which the ship covered 800 NM.
Endeavour will not be resting at her berth for long as next Saturday she will be off again, this time for a short day sail. Not quite a voyage to the mother country but with everything set, an opportunity to briefly stretch her legs.
Cook’s Journal: Daily Entries
Friday 6th April 1770
Winds between the SBE and SSE with a Continued swell from the SSW. A[t] noon Latitude in by observation 37°..18′ So Course and distance saild sence yesterday at Noon N 85° West 58 Miles Longde made from Cape Fare well 10°..35′ West —
Cook’s Diary, 06 May, 1770
During our stay in this harbor (Botany Bay) I caused the English colours to be displayed ashore every day and an inscription to be cut in one of the trees near the watering place setting forth the Ships name, date &ca. Having seen everything this place afforded we at daylight in the morning weighed with a light breeze at nw and put to sea the wind soon after coming to the southward. We steered alongshore nne and at noon we were by observation in the latitude of 33 50’s about 2 or 3 miles from the land and abreast of a bay or harbor wherein there appeared to be safe anchorage which I called Port Jackson. It lies 3 leagues to the northward of Botany Bay. I had almost forgot to mention that it is high water in this bay at the full and change of the moon about 8 oClock and rises and falls upon a perpendicular about 4 or 5 feet.