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The Rock-itt : October 2011
came through in 1770 with his ship Endeavour which had become stuck on the reef piercing her hull severely and began taking on water. They did patch-up repairs which allowed them to sail her across to where Cook Town is now to do proper repairs and continue on their journey. Sirocco anchored at Lizard Island not far from the passage entrance as the weather had come up and Errol did not want to take on the passage in foul weather. From their anchorage they spotted three men on the beach and decided to row in. When they arrived, two of the m en had disappeared but one bearded chap remained and welcomed them . They could tell he was under duress and told Errol and his crew that they had been marooned on the island with no provisions and were starving. His wife had given birth but without food the mother could not produce milk and after three weeks the baby had died. Following this his wife had a breakdown and went mad and had to be tied up to stop her from committing suicide. She had to be watched day and night. They had no fishing gear and could only snare an occasional fish by hand. They were emaciated and in extremely poor condition. They brought as much fresh food as they had onboard Sirocco and took it to the camp. When they saw Mrs Schultz she was tied and sitting beneath a tree. The look on her face was one of total despair and told the story of the pain and agony which she had suffered. Errol and the crew made soup and cared and fed the unfortunate group and then later that afternoon the customs boat from Cook Town arrived and took over. Sirocco set sail the following morning and crept toward Cooks Passage. It was a depressing situation they had left behind and sorrow was felt by the whole crew. A month later there would be another tragedy that they would have to face, and one that Errol would rem ember the rest of his life. Find out what happens in Novembers issue of “Hobart to Hollywood”. If you have missed any of the instalments of “Hobart to Hollywood” and can’t lay your hands on a hard copy from one of our outlets, you can go back to where the serial began in 2009. Log onto www.therockittmagazine.com.au click on ARCHIVES at bottom right hand side of your screen for previous issues. Any problems email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org Cook Town harbour Cook Town jetty FOR THE BEST HAIR CUT ON THE NORTHERN BEACHES MONDAY TO SATURDAY (EXCEPT WEDNESDAY) OPEN 7AM 38 ROGER STREET BROOKVALE