Rename replicas Earl of Sandwich, scuttle them

LETTER

Those wanting to re-establish the replicas of the Endeavour need to be true to history. This is what I suggest:

The replicas be built as the Endeavour and then they go to a re-naming ceremony. Panjandrums from old Blighty can be invited along to add the requisite colour and dottiness. (There may be a few lurking in the British High Commission). Then, as the newly re-named Earl of Sandwich, they should be taken out to sea and scuttled. If scuttling at sea isn’t an option, maybe they could be buried in councillor MacLean’s backyard.

The Endeavour wasn’t the first European vessel to reach our waters. That happened 127 years earlier with Tasman’s Heemskerck, and of course Polynesian voyagers arrived centuries before that.

So there is no real reason to glorify the Endeavour, especially as the British thought so little of it they ordered it, as the re-named Earl of Sandwich, to be scuttled off Rhode island.

What the Endeavour represents is British imperialism and we know just how problematic that has been for our country.

In the 21st century it’s really our job to look to the future without clinging on to the coat-tails of the British imperialists.

Putting the replicas up is a backward move — a roadblock to moving forward together as a nation.

Bruce Holm

Those wanting to re-establish the replicas of the Endeavour need to be true to history. This is what I suggest:

The replicas be built as the Endeavour and then they go to a re-naming ceremony. Panjandrums from old Blighty can be invited along to add the requisite colour and dottiness. (There may be a few lurking in the British High Commission). Then, as the newly re-named Earl of Sandwich, they should be taken out to sea and scuttled. If scuttling at sea isn’t an option, maybe they could be buried in councillor MacLean’s backyard.

The Endeavour wasn’t the first European vessel to reach our waters. That happened 127 years earlier with Tasman’s Heemskerck, and of course Polynesian voyagers arrived centuries before that.

So there is no real reason to glorify the Endeavour, especially as the British thought so little of it they ordered it, as the re-named Earl of Sandwich, to be scuttled off Rhode island.

What the Endeavour represents is British imperialism and we know just how problematic that has been for our country.

In the 21st century it’s really our job to look to the future without clinging on to the coat-tails of the British imperialists.

Putting the replicas up is a backward move — a roadblock to moving forward together as a nation.

Bruce Holm

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G R Webb - 8 days ago
Mr Holm. I think it was late in the day when you wrote this as you had obviously been consuming liberal quantities of the white man's fire water. Tut tut. Your letter is just full of tripe. But to the point, or the points you don't seem to grasp. Cook's ship was the Endeavour when it came into the Bay in 1769. That is the name it's known by. That is the name that should be retained. The Dutch did not colonise New Zealand. The British did. That is what is recognised, as is the prior arrival of the Polynesian voyagers. Have you not seen evidence of both? Hint, think the Navigations Project. I suspect with your blinkers, the answer is in the negative. We can debate the pros and cons of colonisation until eternity. But we are what we are and, surprise surprise, those who decry the second coming in ships to this country appear not to eschew our economic growth and development. We have a great little country. I laughed at your comment about the "look to the future". Had you not realised that October 2019 is about the celebration of the meeting of two peoples, an historical event.

John Fricker - 8 days ago
Whatever you think of the replicas, they were supposed to be restored and back on display by now. What's the council up to?

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