B E A C H E D - 23rd June 1770

[Sydney Parkinson's first sketch of a kangaroo]

[Ship Beached in Endeavour River]
Winds South Easterly, a fresh Gale and fair weather. Carpenters employed Shifting the Damaged planks as long as the tide would permit them to work. At low water P.M. we examined the Ship's bottom under the Starboard side, she being dry as far aft as the After-part of the Fore Chains; we could not find that she had received any other damage on this side but what has been mentioned. In the morning I sent 3 Men into the Country to shoot Pidgeons, as some of these birds had been seen flying about; in the evening they return'd with about 1/2 a Dozen. One of the Men saw an Animal something less than a greyhound; it was of a Mouse Colour, very slender made, and swift of Foot.* (* The first European sighting of a Kangaroo.) A.M., I sent a Boat to haul the Sean, who return'd at noon, having made 3 Hauls and caught only 3 fish; and yet we see them in plenty Jumping about the harbour, but can find no method of catching them.

Joseph Banks Journal
The people who went over the River saw the animal again and describd him much in the same manner as yesterday.

Sydney Parkinson Journal
We lost no time, but immediately set about repairing the ship’s bottom. 

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