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H. M. Bark Endeavour free pdf Here, in one accessible volume, is the long-awaited reprint of Ray Parkin's highly acclaimed and multi-award winning study of Captain James Cook's bark Endeavour. This incomparable book is at once a unique account of a great journey of discovery--Endeavour's voyage up the east coast of New Holland (Australia) in the year 1770--and a remarkable re-creation of the experience of being on board ship. Writing for layperson and mariner alike, Parkin draws on meticulous research to reveal what the Endeavour looked like, how she sailed, how she smelled- what daily life would have been like for those on board. No aspect of the ship is too insignificant for his enquiries. How many strands of yarn were there in the ship's cable? (954) Did the ship have a lightening conductor? (yes) What was the diameter of her main mast? (21 inches) Further, these details are illustrated by a series of plans and figures depicting the ship's architecture and construction, her deck plan, rigging, sails, armament, boats, cables, anchors and accommodation, beautifully drawn by Parkin himself. Part two of the text contains a composite log of Endeavour's voyage up the east coast of Australia. Here extracts from journals kept by those on board are supplemented by an interpretive commentary and made easy to follow by a series of explanatory charts. HM Bark Endeavour is a fitting companion and supplement to standard works on Cook's voyage. It is also an absorbing book: discursive, erudite, at times poetic- full of wisdom, insight and information.

About Ray Parkin

Ray Parkin was born in Melbourne. He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1928 and spent eighteen years in the service. In 1942 he was on board HMAS Perth when the cruiser was sunk by the Japanese in the Sunda Strait, killing two-thirds of those on board. After the sinking of Perth Mr Parkin spent three and a half years as a Japanese prisoner of war in Java, on the Burma-Siam Railway and in coal mines in Japan. His experience during this period led to three books which were published by the Hogarth Press: Out of the Smoke (1960)- Into the Smother (1963)- and The Sword and the Blossom (1967). At the end of the war Mr Parkin completed a fine art course. He worked on the Melbourne waterfront until his retirement in 1975 when he went to London to continue his research into Endeavour.

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Author : Ray Parkin
Publisher : The Miegunyah Press
Data Published : 15 November 2003
ISBN : 0522850936
EAN : 9780522850932
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 467 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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