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The Ship: Retracing Cook's Endeavour Voyage Baker, Simon. 2002


Carr 1983The Ship: Retracing Cook's Endeavour Voyage
By Simon Baker, published by BBC Worldwide Ltd in 2002 (ISBN 0 563 53463 X).
This book was published to accompany the TV series The Ship, in which volunteers and specialists sailed with 16 permanent crew on the Endeavour replica in an "attempt to come closer to the past [and] shed new light on it and to re-evaluate Cook and his legacy."
The book describes how Cook's First Voyage round the World was planned and then describes in detail the part between Cairns and Jakarta, contrasting the 1770s experience with that of 2001. The result is an extensive description of the preparations for, and scientific results of, the original voyage, richly illustrated with excellent reproductions of relevant contemporary paintings, drawings and charts.
Whilst the passages about the original voyage are in the normal narrative format and easy to follow, those of the modern version are given by extracts from the journals of the 21st century people, making for a disjointed approach. As the extracts were headed by only the first name of the writer I got confused as to whether the Chris being quoted was Chris Blake, the captain of the replica or Chris Terrill, the producer of the TV series.
Having enjoyed the TV series which concentrated on the modern voyage, putting the activities and discoveries into the context of Cook's voyage, it was a surprise to find this book covering so much of the original Endeavour voyage with a poor reflection of what took place and was learned on the Endeavour replica.
Reviewer: Ian Boreham
Originally published in Cook's Log, page 2003, volume 25, number 4 (2002).

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Thank you for uploading this series. I have been looking for it for years. I sailed on Endeavour from Panama to Galapagos in 1996. The Ship episodes brought back many memories of life on board - mostly good, but some not so good. We also did a 'crossing the line' ceremony two days before reaching the Galapagos. Whilst ours was not a historical re-enactment voyage we did have 'guests' on board. One marine biologist played Banks in costume. He let out a trawl net to catch whatever was in the Pacific on our track. However he caught nothing. We saw no whales or dolphins, few sea birds, few flying fish, and that was that. The illegal fishing factory ships from Ecuador &/or Japan had stripped the Pacific bare with their miles long drift nets.
By Chris J Brady on 12/22/2018 5:42:46 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I have posted the full series onto YouTube, after receiving written permission from Chris Terrill. Search "The Ship: Retracing Cook's Endeavour Voyage (2002)" or copy and paste this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qo73ByQFoE
By Derek Gainsforth on 4/26/2018 8:50:11 AM Like:2 DisLike:0
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Reed, I regret that I cannot find any reference to "The Ship" having been produced as a dvd. It is not in the BBC's dvd store, nor is it listed on Amazon.
By Cliff Thornton on 3/13/2017 5:41:50 PM Like:1 DisLike:0
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I am looking for video of the TV series "The Ship" about the voyage of the replica of Endeavor. Is it available anywhere?
By Reed Shahan on 3/10/2017 11:19:24 PM Like:1 DisLike:0
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for studying purposes
By Michael Alves on 2/1/2017 3:25:06 PM Like:1 DisLike:0

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