Captain Cook's Second Voyage 1772 - 1775

A series of marine paintings by Robin Brooks

'We directed our course into the Channel', by Robin Brooks

We directed our course into the Channel

Oil on canvas 12" x 16"
(30.5 cm x 40.5 cm)
In a private collection.

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"When we had just left Plymouth Sound, Dr Irwin & his friend Mr Jones followed us in a small boat. They were making a little tour into Cornwall as far as Fowey & St Austell & were going to the first place by Sea, and wanted to take leave of us: they came on board our Ship & breakfasted with us, they took leave of us and stood for the shore, and we directed our course into the Channel under a N.W.b.W. wind. At 8 o'clock the Ramehead bore North, distant 2 miles. At 12 o'clock at noon the Latitude was observed 50° 7'N. Ramehead bore N.E. ¾ E. distant 7 leagues. We passed Eddystone lighthouse, it was about 2 leagues to leeward."

Extract from
The Resolution Journal of Johann Reinhold Forster 1772 - 1775. Vol. 1. 13th July 1772, published by the Hakluyt Society 1982.
(Forster and his son George were the principal naturalists aboard Resolution. He was a brilliant mind, though sometimes cantankerous).

This is the second interpretation of the painting "Farewell Old England". Dr Irwin was an inventor of a sea water distillation apparatus carried aboard the Resolution. He was in Plymouth attending to improvements and his apparatus was attached to the Great Copper for the distillation of fresh water. Forster was to note later in the voyage that it could never yield more than three gallons per hour.

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