5 CAPE TRIBULATION, QLD
When Cook gave this cape its name, he wrote in his journal, “because here began all our troubles”. Endeavour had run aground on the Great Barrier Reef, within sight of this cape. He wrote: “We went to work to lighten her…we threw’d over board our guns Iron and stone ballast, Casks, Hoops staves oyle Jars, decay’d stores & C.” This matter-of-fact account must have hidden considerable dismay, betrayed only by Cook’s naming of the cape. Alone and unsupported as Endeavour was, its grounding could have proved fatal.