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2019: Retrospect.

Photograph of Breaker Bay, New Zealand Our Christmas tree is twinkling in the bay window, there’s a chilly breeze in the London streets outside and 2019 has less than two weeks to run. I’ve not made any time for this blog over the past year but I thought I’d inject a little life into it […]

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Endeavour discovered? Some thoughts on news from Narragansett Bay

Today’s news is filled with the latest development in the long-running search for Endeavour in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. It’s big news and my congratulations to everyone who’s been working on the project for so long. Before the announcement last week I was approached by several journalists for comment. Beneath, for anyone that’s interested, are […]

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Endeavour, Launch(es), John Sandoe and BBC History

Today marks a quarter of a millennium since HM Bark Endeavour left Plymouth to begin her voyage to the South Seas. Precisely 250 years ago (in an hour or two’s time) Joseph Banks set down the first of his many journal entries: 25 August 1768 After having waiting in this place ten days, the ship, […]

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Finished copies, Mary Soames Award, an audiobook and Michael Palin

There’s nothing like a book deadline to accelerate time. It hardly seems a moment since I set to work in the British Library in the summer of 2015; or I was paddling about Endeavour Cove in Queen Charlotte’s Sound a few months later; or standing on the foreshore of the Tūranganui River on New Zealand’s […]

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Endeavour: a new book

I have been quiet on here for some time but I have not been idle. I am just putting the finishing touches to a new book, Endeavour: the Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World. It is going to be published by Chatto in the UK on 23 August and in the US shortly […]

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