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Not quite Cook
I am sorry to disappoint readers of Afloat, but the article
“Endeavour ’s Departure” by Alan Lucas in the August edition is
based on a faked document. That Friday 19 August 1768 edition
of a purported London Gazette is a modern fraud. Versions of it
have been circulating for years, and there have been occasional
attempts to sell copies to collectors and libraries at ridiculous
I’m sure Alan didn’t mean to deceive, but the world is full of
fake historical documents. Even academics and hardened media
men such as Rupert Murdoch were fooled by “The Hitler Diaries”.
Here are just a few of the more obvious aspects of the so-called
report prior to Cook’s departure that should have rung alarm bells:
• There was no “London Gazette” newspaper in 1768. There was
“ The London Gazette”, which only contained official government
news and notices.
Masterman (Nick died in 1994 from Mesothelioma due to contact
with asbestos while working at Cockatoo Island).
Since the restoration was completed another team of skilled
people over many years has kept Ena in fine fettle as she is today.
While you need owners with a healthy bank balance, it is really
the skill, knowledge and passion of the workers that ensures the
work is completed and this should be acknowledged.
Some years later I was also lucky enough to be sub-contracted
to the Sydney Heritage Fleet on the restoration of the James Craig.
That is another project that succeeded due to people power as
the centre piece of it all.
Brett Rosenthal, Shipwright,
• Newsheets of the day did not carry illustrations of the
type featured. In any case, the portrait of Cook in the fake
“London Gazette” is based on a painting of the great explorer
by Nathaniel Dance-Holland done in 1775 – seven years later.
• The text of the piece is all hokum, artfully invented post-facto
to give the impression of veracity and prescience. It is also
peppered with hints at information that could not possibly
have been known by anyone except Banks and the Admiralty
at the time.
• The spelling, punctuation and language in the fake report
echo mid-19th Century written English, not mid-18th.
• The London Gazette (the real one) is now fully indexed – right
back to the 17th Century. Its entire content can be searched
by subject on the internet. It carried no speculative journalism
about Cook’s first voyage of exploration to the South Pacific.
Other readers may identify further contradictions and
anachronisms to confirm that the document on which the Lucas
article is founded is a fraud.
Hunters Hill, NSW.
Power boat etiquette
As a sailor who has recently purchased a power boat (I still
sail) I am interested in other boaters’ thoughts and comments
on power boat do’s and don’ts as far as passing by sailboats
while I’m up on plane.
At 29 feet with a 21 degree vee it does create a substantial
wake. However, it creates a much larger wake off the plane over
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