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Captain James Cook FRS (7 November 1728 – 14 February 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Sailing (1 slot)
|1||Evening at the inn|
Pardon me, do you have some money which you could lend me? We are celebrating my promotion with my crew and somehow we are all out of money.
|2||Let's be friends|
Come, sit down with us. It's only fair since you paid for this round. There is still free place just bring your chair here.
We are all sailors, as you might have guessed. You are a captain too?! Unbelievable! If your crew is here too, let's invite them among us. The more, the merrier.
|4||Food is essential|
Actually, we could use your help on our next voyage. You just need a good reliable ship and your men. I will take care of everything else. Ah, and the food. You could bring that too.
We are going on a little astronomy mission. We will be watching the stars so we can better measure longitude at sea. If you have a good chronometer, take it with you.
|6||To your health|
One last drink and then let's go to bed. We will see each other on the pier in the morning. So to your health and the success of our mission! Cheers!
|7||Right on time|
It's good to see that you are reliable. Sometimes I make rash decisions when I drink which I later regret. I hope our cooperation is not one of those. So you have the marble I told you to bring?
|8||It's a test|
Leave the stone here. It's for the new headquarters of the Admiralty. And if you can, bring them some wood too.
Sorry for those unexpected requests. I just had to be sure you are resourceful before we set sail. If your sailors are in place, we can head out.
|10||Into the Pacific|
We are heading south-west around Cape Horn and into the Pacific. I hope you have invested in a good reliable compass. We may get separated during a storm.
|11||Watching the sky|
We need to reach the Tahiti. From there we can observe the transit of Venus across the Sun. I will do the observing, you make sure the natives don't become angry that we breached their territory.
|12||Camping at Tahiti|
Here we are. It's a pleasant place, right? Let's set a camp before it gets dark. And maybe catch some fish so we have something fresh for dinner.
I hope you slept well. I was up all night watching the sky and taking measurements. Now let's have some hot cocoa to break our fast and then I have something to tell you.
I have a secret mission to be completed after our official task. We have to look for the elusive Terra Australis, the mysterious Southern Continent. So let's pack our things and go.
We will need someone to help us navigate through the vast Pacific. The natives might know about the local waters. We should offer them something in return for their help. I am no fan of violent ways.
|16||Tupaia from Tahiti|
It seems a local priest called Tupaia has an extensive knowledge of the local geography. He is willing to join our expedition if we help rebuild his shrine. I think we can spare the time.
Our men don't seem to like the new member of the crew. Let's have a talk with them. We can't allow to let it grow into something dangerous.
Tupaia drew a few maps for us. We will set the course to south-west. I am planning to return home by sailing around New Holland. With a bit of luck, we will find Terra Australis along the way.
This land ahead of us, I think Abel Tasman mentions it in his travel journals. It could be worth it to explore it further. Let's turn south and sail along its coast. I will write my own journal after dinner.
As we are heading further south it's getting colder outside. But I long to stay on the deck and look at this lovely scenery of snowy peaks towering over green mountains. I need to put on something warm.
|21||Build a base|
It seems we have reached the southernmost point of the island. I will continue mapping the coast but you go ashore and build a base. It might be useful if we decide to colonize this land.
Take Tupaia with you ashore. If you encounter any local tribes, he might be able to translate for you. And have some gifts ready.
|23||Continue the search|
So Tupaia was able to make friends with the locals. That is good. Now we just need to fix the loose planks on the hull and then we can head west to Van Diemen's Land.
This gale is keeping us off course. We are heading north-west instead of south-west. But I can see land in the distance. Prepare for disembarking, we can use a short break on the hard ground.
We are probably on the east coast of New Holland. Let's stay the night and I will determine our exact location by the stars. Help me get my equipment from the ship.
Let's continue sailing west and mapping the coast along the way. We should stop in Batavia for supplies before continuing to Europe. We are slowly running out of food.
|27||Tupaia is sick|
Tupaia is not feeling well. I fear he got some ugly disease. Our men are hardy but he is not used to a long voyage such as this. Maybe some wine would do him good.
|28||Get better in Batavia|
Poor Tupaia is not getting better. Maybe we should leave him in a hospital in Batavia. I fear that he won't last until we get to London. I will take care of him, you go buy supplies for us.
|29||Let's go home|
We did not discover the South Continent but we have explored a lot of new lands. We have quite some voyage behind us and it can be seen on our ship. She needs some repairs before we can go.
|30||Is it the end?|
It was a fine voyage with you, captain. Here we say goodbye but I hope you will join me for another voyage in the future. I left some things on your ship, please send them to me when you can.
Good to see you again. I am recruiting sailors for the next voyage. While you tended to your business I finished another expedition seeking the Terra Australis. But this time, we are going north.
The mission is to find the Northwest Passage between Atlantic and Pacific, we will be trying to find it from the west. You should prepare your ship for ice and strengthen her hull with iron.
|33||Omai is going home|
Officially, we are returning Omai home to Tahiti. He was our local guide during the second voyage. He is a good guy and loves our sweets. He almost did not want to go home because there is no chocolate.
We are ready to head out. I am just going to buy some sauerkraut. It proved to be a great way to keep the men healthy. But I know you love to eat fish, so just take some too.
The merchant raised the price since my last voyage. I don't have enough money on me. Could you lend me a small sum?
We will be sailing east around Africa and then across the Indian Ocean and to the Pacific. We should take some stone to Batavia along the way. There is always a high demand for European marble.
During the next voyage, we should avoid Batavia. Half the crew is sick again. We need to keep them in closed off quarters so they don't infect the rest of the crew too.
We have dropped off Omai at Tahiti and now we can set the course north. We will still be in a warm climate for some time but let's check that our ships are in top condition for the icy waters.
This is the first time I have visited these islands. The weather is nice and the people are friendly. We can stop here again on our way back. Now bundle up in a warm cloak and let's head north.
We are getting into colder waters and look! It's just teeming here with fish. It's surprising it's not too cold for them. Good for us, at least we can have something fresh to eat.
|41||I miss the sun|
The weather is getting worse. If we manage to anchor near the shore without getting thrown on the rocks, we could wait out the rain on shore. Maybe build a camp and explore the land a bit.
We have been waiting for days yet the weather is not getting better. I say we move on. To the north it is. If we get the chance we should buy some pelts from the locals. It's getting seriously cold.
Let's anchor here. There is a village nearby. I saw it from the ship as we sailed along the shore. We will send a few men to trade with the villagers. Let's hope they are reasonable.
The natives have some otter pelts but they want metal items for it. Pans, weapons, knives, it's all precious to them. We need those pelts so let's just give them what they want.
|45||The best medicine|
Now I am glad we traded that iron for the pelts. It's freezing here. As if that was not enough, I have a stomach ache for the past few days. Maybe some wine will help me settle it.
We can't continue north anymore. The ice is continuous here. We will have to turn back. Maybe we will make a stop at the Sandwich Islands. I have had enough of this cold weather.
That's what I call a fine welcoming. Everyone is bowing and bringing us food and gifts. Somehow they are friendlier than before, don't you think? But we don't need those stone figurines. Return them.
Hmm, those grilled crabs are amazing. I never ate such scrumptious crustaceans. But it's been a month since we arrived, it's time to move on. But first, let's buy some of those crabs to take with us.
Our foremast broke. We need to return to the bay and repair it. The friendly natives may even help us with that.
What has happened? The savages have become insolent all of a sudden. They even stole our lifeboat! I am taking a few men and going to their king to clear this up one way or another.