Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude That Changed the World

Version: Unabridged
Author: Peter Moore
Narrator: Ric Jerrom
Genres: History
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Published In: May 2019
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

The Enlightenment was an age of endeavors, with Britain consumed by the impulse for grand projects undertaken at speed. Endeavour was also the name given to a collier bought by the Royal Navy in 1768. It was a commonplace coal-carrying vessel that no one could have guessed would go on to become the most significant ship in the chronicle of British exploration.

The first history of its kind, Peter Moore's Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World is a revealing and comprehensive account of the storied ship's role in shaping the Western world. Endeavour famously carried James Cook on his first major voyage, charting for the first time New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia. Yet it was a ship with many lives: During the battles for control of New York in 1776, she witnessed the bloody birth of the republic. As well as carrying botanists, a Polynesian priest, and the remains of the first kangaroo to arrive in Britain, she transported Newcastle coal and Hessian soldiers. NASA ultimately named a space shuttle in her honor. But to others it would be a toxic symbol of imperialism.

Through careful research, Moore tells the story of one of history's most important sailing ships and in turn shines new light on the ambition and consequences of the Age of Enlightenment.

Author Details

Author Details

Moore, Peter

Peter Moore teaches creative writing at the University of London and the University of Oxford. He is the author of Damn His Blood and The Weather Experiment, which was named one of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2015 and was adapted for a BBC4 documentary series.