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Sea of Dangers, Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific
by Geoffrey Blainey
- HARD COVER
- 322 PAGES
In 1769 two ships set out independently in search of a missing continent: a French merchant ship, the St. Jean-Baptiste, commanded by Jean de Surville, and a small British naval vessel, the Endeavour, commanded by Captain James Cook. That Christmas, in New Zealand waters, the two captains were almost within sight of each other, though neither knew of the other's existence.