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My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

October 11th, 1770 Cook anchors in Batavia


Batavia Harbour

Batavia harbour

October 11th, 1770, Cook and his crew aboard HMS Endeavour dropped anchor in Batavia, the capital of the Dutch East Indies (now near Jakarta, on the island of Java, Indonesia), on their way home on Cook’s first voyage around the world.

The stop in Batavia was necessary because of the poor condition of the ship – the carpenter reported that she was taking on (leaking) up to 12 inches every hour.  Cook and his officers agreed that HMS Endeavour was not seaworthy to make the long voyage from Java across the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic to England without repairs.
However, the long delay in Batavia was to cost many of the crew their lives.

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This entry was posted on October 11, 2016 by in Captain Cook, Uncategorized, Voyages.
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