Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World

Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World

by Peter Moore
Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World

Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World

by Peter Moore


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"An immense treasure trove of fact-filled and highly readable fun.” —Simon Winchester, The New York Times Book Review

A Sunday Times (U.K.) Best Book of 2018 and W
inner of the Mary Soames Award for History

An unprecedented history of the storied ship that Darwin said helped add a hemisphere to the civilized world

The Enlightenment was an age of endeavors, with Britain consumed by the impulse for grand projects undertaken at speed. Endeavour was also the name given to a collier bought by the Royal Navy in 1768. It was a commonplace coal-carrying vessel that no one could have guessed would go on to become the most significant ship in the chronicle of British exploration.

The first history of its kind, Peter Moore’s Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World is a revealing and comprehensive account of the storied ship’s role in shaping the Western world. Endeavour famously carried James Cook on his first major voyage, charting for the first time New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia. Yet it was a ship with many lives: During the battles for control of New York in 1776, she witnessed the bloody birth of the republic. As well as carrying botanists, a Polynesian priest, and the remains of the first kangaroo to arrive in Britain, she transported Newcastle coal and Hessian soldiers. NASA ultimately named a space shuttle in her honor. But to others she would be a toxic symbol of imperialism.

Through careful research, Moore tells the story of one of history’s most important sailing ships, and in turn shines new light on the ambition and consequences of the Age of Enlightenment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250619433
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 07/21/2020
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 241,404
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Peter Moore teaches creative writing at the University of London and the University of Oxford. He is the author of Damn His Blood and The Weather Experiment, which was named one of the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2015 and adapted for a BBC4 documentary series. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Map x-xii

Prologue: Endeavours of the Mind 1

Part 1 Life

1 Acorns 15

Part 2 Trade

2 Enigmas 33

3 Cross Currents 58

4 Mr Birds Ways 83

5 Land of Liberty 105

Part 3 Exploration

6 'Take a Trip in disguise' 129

7 Airy Dreams 155

8 Perfect Strangers 184

9 'That rainbow serpent place' 213

Part 4 War

10 360° 243

11 The Frozen Serpent of the South 268

12 The Collier Fleet 293

13 Ghosts 318

Epilogue: Endeavours 339

Acknowledgements 354

Select Bibliography 357

Notes 364

Index 390

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