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Possession Island

Distance Travelled: 8 NM
Steaming Time: 1 Hour

During his first voyage of discovery, then Lieutenant James Cook sailed northwards along the east coast of Australia, landing at Botany Bay. Three months later, at about midday on 22 August 1770, he reached the northernmost tip of the coast and, without leaving the ship, named it Cape York.

Departing the east coast, Cook turned west and nursed his battered ship through the dangerously shallow waters of Torres Strait. Searching for a high vantage point, he saw a steep hill on a nearby island from the top of which he hoped to see 'a passage into the Indian Seas'. He climbed the hill with three others, including Joseph Banks. On seeing a navigable passage, he signalled the good news down to the men on the ship, who cheered loudly. Cook later wrote that he had claimed possession of the east coast when up on that hill, and named the place 'Possession Island'.

Our expedition visit will allow time for guests to explore this and the nearby Booby Island which are very rarely visited areas of the Torres Strait Islands.

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