"I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a crew member for Endeavour's voyage from Bath, Maine to Halifax, Nova Scotia" wrote Collette Sutton, Crew Manager for Endeavour last May in response to my application. At last, confirmation that I would participate in a voyage of discovery aboard a very special ship which I first encountered in Wilmington, North Carolina [see Cook's Log, page 1522, vol. 21 no. 3(1998)]. In the end, all of the voyage crew discovered something of Cook, his ships, and not least, about themselves.
With the trip set for the first week of October, 1998, I had all summer to brush up on Endeavour's rig and sail plan, practice a few knots and review the history of Cook's adventures in the Canadian Maritimes. The crew reported to the ship on the afternoon of Sunday, October 4th, 1998. We were introduced to the permanent crew, given lectures regarding the general routine aboard ship, and reviewed safety procedures. After being assigned to one of the three watches (mizzen watch), the crew boarded and we stowed our belongings including the wet weather gear and safety harness with which we were issued. The wet weather gear, officially called Driza-Bone was more affectionately referred to as "wet-'s-a-bastard" although we at least looked the part when we wore this stuff.