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Foreshore, Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

 

FORESHORE, COOKTOWN, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

HM Bark Endeavour Cairn

Description:
Close to the present day wharf, this is a large granite rock on the foreshore which marks the place where HM Bark Endeavour was beached, and repaired after being on the Great Barrier Reef.

History:
In 1925 the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland launched a public appeal for funds to erect this memorial, with the support of Sir Matthew Nathan, the Governor of Queensland.  The cairn was erected in 1926.

Inscription:
Small plaque on the cairn:

THIS CAIRN
MARKS THE SPOT WHERE
CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
 BEACHED HIS BARQUE
H.M.S. ENDEAVOUR
ON THE 18TH OF JUNE,
IN THE YEAR 1770.

GPS Coordinates:   -15.460556,  145.255079

References:
Cook’s Log, page 336, vol. 8, no. 1 (1985)
Cook’s Log, page 1678, vol. 22, no. 4 (1999)
Cook’s Log, page 14, vol. 37, no. 1 (2014)
Cook’s Log, page 14, vol. 37, no. 4 (2014)
Endeavour Lines, page 11, no. 44 (Apr.2005)
Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer, 21.7.1928, p.16.
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