An Australian Endeavour – a Captain, a Goddess, a ship and a brew
The humble beer and its shared history with our Great Sothern Continent. On August 26, 1768 Captain James Cook set sail from England aboard the ship Endeavour to chronicle the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun (thirsty work!). The Captain was experimenting with new remedies to combat the voyage-crippling scourge of scurvy. One such remedy was beer – following the Captains belief that it possessed anti-scorbutic (scurvy treatin') properties.
A Captain’s experiment and a prevailing wind meant that when the Endeavor reached the coast of Australia she was carrying 4 tons of beer in her hold – a moment to cheers if any! Unfortunately for the crew, the Captains belief in the medicinal value of the brew was misplaced…but the 4 ton levy bobbing up and down the eastern shores proved to possess other “therapeutic” qualities. Thankfully, the colonists that followed were able to find other uses for the delicious bevy that had christened our coastline.