Pencilhead's Fun Facts - The Endeavour
The Endeavour - Interesting facts for Australia Day!
Not too fond of vegies?
Think yourself lucky you weren’t a crewmember on the Endeavour!
Sailors of old often died on long voyages because of a vitamin C deficiency that became a disease called scurvy. When more than half your crew lays about, developing ugly boils and ulcers, their teeth fall out and then they die, you know you have a problem!
Captain Cook knew that fresh vegetables would help save his crew from scurvy.
He ordered his men to eat fresh greens when available; if they refused, they were occasionally flogged.
The voyage of Captain Cook was the first long voyage to be distinguished by its success in losing no men to the dread disease.
Author: Jason Sampson & Auspac Media
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