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Pencilhead Fun Facts - The Endeavour

Auspac & Jason Sampson

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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.

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