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.
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.
Small plaque on the cairn:
MARKS THE SPOT WHERE
CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
BEACHED HIS BARQUE
ON THE 18TH OF JUNE,
IN THE YEAR 1770.
GPS Coordinates: -15.460556, 145.255079
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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