Points of Interest Category: Historical POI's 1770-1800, Historical, Site | Memorial, Monument, and Site | Explore, PioneerPoints of Interest Tags: Hervey Bay Esplanade Trail and Memorial - Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay was first observed by Captain Cook during his voyage around the world in 1770. He was responsible for naming many of the landmarks mapped for future explorers, for example:
Double Island Point – 18th May 1770 – (” . . . I have named it Double Island Point, on account of its figure . . . “)
Large Bay – 18th May 1770 – (” . . . and forms a large open bay . . . “)
Indian Point – 20th May 1770 – (” . . . a black bluff head or point of land, on which a number of the Natives were Assembled, which occasioned my naming it Indian Head . . . “)
Sandy Cape – 20th May 1770 – (” . . . The extreme point of the Shoal we judged to bear about North-West of us; and the point of land above-mentioned bore South 3/4 West, distant 20 Miles. This point I have named Sandy Cape on account of 2 very large white Patches of Sand upon it . . . “)
Break Sea Spit – 21st May 1770 – (” . . . From 6 fathoms we had the next Cast, 13, and then 20 immediately, as fast as the Man could heave the Lead; from this I did suppose that the West side of the Shoal is pretty steep too, whereas on the other side we had gradual Soundings from 13 to 7 fathoms. This Shoal I called Break Sea Spit, because now we had smooth water, whereas upon the whole Coast to the Southward of it we had always a high Sea or swell from the South-East . . . “)
According to “Captain Cook’s Journal during his First Voyage Round the World made in H.M. Bark ‘Endeavour’ 1768-71 – A Literal Transcription of the Original MSS with Notes and Introduction by Captain W.J.L. Wharton, R.N., F.R.S. – Hydrographer of the Admiralty – Illustrated by Maps and Facsimiles” 1768-71 – published in 1893- 18th to 23rd May 1770 – Captain Cook did not name “Harvey” or “Hervey” Bay . . .
Interestingly, a map dated c 1780 notes ‘Wide Bay’ and ‘Sandy Cape’, however Hervey Bay remains unnamed, yet by 1788 a French map of “Cooks 1er Voyage” clearly notes the name “Baie d’Hervey” . . .
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