Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

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.

Tuesday, October 25, 1768, James Cook crosses the Line

October 25th, 1768,  Cook crossed the Line for the first time, something he was to do four more times in his life. Crossing the Line has long been an event … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

June 3, 1769 – Observing the Transit of Venus

The official purpose of Cook’s first voyage around the world was to observe the Transit of Venus in Tahiti in order to aid astronomical calculations, specifically the calculation of a … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour may have been found

HMS Endeavour off the coast of New Holland, by Samuel Atkins c. 1794 Researchers on Rhode Island, in the US, may have found the remains of HMS Endeavour – the … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Feb 14th – the day Captain James Cook was killed in Hawaii in 1779 (part 1 of 2)

Today – February 14th – is the anniversary of the death of the great sailor and explorer Captain James Cook, who was killed in Hawaii in 1779 while on his … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 5 Comments