H.M. Bark Endeavour : her place in Australian history : with an account of her construction, crew and equipment and a narrative of her voyage on the east coast of New Holland in the year 1770 / Ray Parkin ; with plans, charts and illustrations by the author
Parkin, Ray, 1910-2005
Written for the scholar, mariner and layperson alike, Ray Parkin has recreated for the reader the very “experience” of being on board H. M. Bark “Endeavour”. With meticulous research, he reveals what she looked like, how she sailed, how she smelled; all aspects of daily life on board. No part of the ship or her functioning is too insignificant for his enquiries. How many strands of yarn were there in the ships cable? (954) Did the ship have a lightning conductor? (Yes) What was the diameter of the main mast? (21 inches). The work is divided into two sections: Part I, The World of the Ship, details the sailor and his environment, the Captain, the ship herself, scurvy and provisioning, the ship’s company, and remarks on individuals come to notice through misfortune or by their sins and adventures. The text is accompanied by a series of plans and figures depicting the ship’s architecture and construction, her deck plan, rigging, sails, armament, boats, cables, anchors and accommodation. Fifteen of these are reproduced as large folding full-size sketches in the accompanying folding case. Part II, The Voyage (up the east coast of Australia), is a masterly synthesis of the Ships Log and the journals of James Cook, Sydney Parkinson and Joseph Banks, supplemented where illuminating and appropriate, by extracts from the journals of other members of the ship’s complement, and with an interpretive commentary and clearly drawn explanatory charts.