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Captain Cook's Journal: During the First Voyage Round the World Made in H.M. Bark Endeavour 1768-71 Paperback – 30 Oct 2013
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Throughout his first voyage around the world aboard the Endeavour, James Cook (1728–79) kept a meticulous journal describing the route and the places and peoples encountered. The naval officer William James Lloyd Wharton (1843–1905) published this annotated transcription in 1893, including a sketch of the explorer's life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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19 April 2015
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You have be adept at skimming through a book. If you are, then this journal is full of passages that astonish. Skip past Cook's numerous accounts of the longitude and the winds, and settle down with entries such as their passage around the Horn in freezing mists, their encounters with the warlike Maoris (and the first description of the haku), problems of disciplining sailors who were stealing nails to pay local women, descriptions of local customs in lands with no previous contact with the rest of the world (the women as naked as "our Mother Eve without even the fig leaf"), or the near-disaster when they struck the Great Barrier Reef and the apparent hopelessness of their situation when it seemed they might never escape from that reef. Reading on Kindle helps: the search function is a valuable aid to finding the places and events that you want.
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