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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