Living in a multicultural, globalised world, it’s hard to imagine the moment when different cultures first met, or a time when people’s knowledge of each other’s worlds was non-existent. Yet, on 12 October 1769, seven Maori canoes paddled out from the east coast of New Zealand south of Poverty Bay to investigate a large ship. The vessel was the HMS Endeavour, captained by Captain James Cook, and this was the first time the Maori people had encountered a European.
They were at first reluctant to approach the ship but then, according to the diary of ship’s surgeon William Monkhouse, “very soon enter’d into a traffick with our people for [Tahitian] cloth… giving in exchange their paddles (having little else to dispose of) and hardly left themselves sufficient number to paddle a shore.” Read more.
NEWPORT, R.I. — A marine archaeologist is hoping to find and recover the wreck of Capt. James Cook’s famous ship the Endeavor in Newport Harbor.
D.K. Abbass, the founder of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, tells the Providence Journal she believes the ship may be among eight 18th-century shipwrecks the project has mapped in the area.
The Endeavor, which Cook sailed to Australia in 1770, was scuttled by the British in 1778 as part of its blockade of Narragansett Bay.
Abbass will be putting on an educational presentation in Providence on Sunday. She is trying to raise $300,000 to develop the project.
The group also hopes to build a marine-preservation laboratory and museum, which would be used to preserve artifacts from the Endeavour and other wrecks. (source)
VANCOUVER A rare First Nations artifact worth about $1.2 million has been returned to British Columbia after more than 230 years.
The ceremonial club, which was carved from yew wood in the shape of a hand holding a sphere, was presented by the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island to explorer Capt. James Cook in 1778.
It was recently bought through a private dealer in New York and donated to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C.
The club was the last remaining object from Cook’s personal collection not housed in a museum, and it will be the only such item to be on public display in Canada. Read more.