Aboard Endeavour. Stannard, Bruce. 1995

Aboard Endeavour. Stannard, Bruce. 1995

Stannard, Bruce .
Aboard Endeavour: Cook's voyage 1768-1771.

Bruce, a former member of the CCSU, conceived the idea of the Endeavour replica as a permanent showpiece at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney's Darling Harbour. A maritime historian and a member of the museum's Council, it was he who set out to raise the necessary A$15 million.

This book is aimed at schoolchildren, and is written in the form of the imagined diary of midshipman Isaac Smith aboard Cook's ship.

The colour illustrations by Sandra Laroche are beautifully executed, and give a good idea of what it must have been like during the voyage. Some appear to be based on paintings made at the time by Sydney Parkinson, and one or two from later voyages.

Ian Boreham

Originally published in Cook's Log, page 1274, volume 26, number 1 (2003).

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