By Rob Mundle
The outstanding tale of the way Dutch sailors came across Australia and an English Pirate virtually beat Captain Cook.
On 15 January 1688 - virtually a hundred years to the day ahead of Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Botany Bay as commander of the 1st Fleet - one other English send, the sixteen-gun Cygnet, was once operating downwind on a gradual breeze whereas ultimate at the coast of a similar continent. Cygnet, although, was once 2000 miles to the north-west of the place Phillip might anchor HMS Sirius and cross ashore to ultimately identify the 1st British colony within the nice South Land. To get up to now, Cygnet had crossed the Pacific from the coast of Mexico to the East Indies with a 140-man workforce comprising a number of unruly seafarers, old and young ... and pirates all.
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