Re: [bolger] More on The Ship
- Endeavour was originally a collier, probably a brig, though I don't recall,
hauling coal from the north of England to London and other big cities.
Lots of sailing in and out of harbors (there were no tugs in those days)
and in the confines of the channel. I remember eading somewhere about the
collier brigs and how handy they were in the experienced hands of a good
skipper, who'd work the winds and tides and sometimes sail the ship
backwards if necessary in a tight spot. Cook learned his trade in Whitby
colliers, BTW, and specifically chose colliers for his expeditions.
On Fri, 25 Oct 2002 20:15:06 +1300, Stuart wrote:
> I didn't see the show, I was relaying what I was told while standing on the
> quarter deck of the Endeavor replica. If you have a look at the rig on
> Endeavor, there is no boom on the aft most sail (gaff?) and the majority of
> the sail balance appears to be further forward than is now common. Also with
> the relatively flat bottom, there probably not that much lateral plan.
> Remember that the Endeavor was not a military ship, nor was it designed for
> a voyage anything like it was used for. It was a coal barge.
The trouble with the school of experience
is that the graduates are too old to go to work. <Henry Ford>