Title Details

Six Heavy Fish and a Ton of Sinkers

Commemorates the secret discovery and restoration of six cannons jettisoned by Captain James Cook when his ship Endeavour struck a submerged reef off the northeast coast of Australia in 1770.
Year : 1971 | Total Duration : 24 Minutes | Producer : Roland Beckett
CU of cannon being loaded with ball and fired, titles, CU on colour painting of Captain James Cook, CU on colour drawings of a quadrant and sextant, black & white drawings of plans of Endeavour ship
Access No. 40402 | 1 min 22 secs | 1970s | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Sailors climbing rigging of rebuilt Endeavour three masted sailing ship , tall ship, at sea.
Access No. 48151 | 27 secs | 1970s | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Pull back from CU to show map of New Holland , CU on colour painting of Endeavour, sailing ship, colour painting of Captain James Cook landing at Botany Bay and raising the flag. pan along navigation chart showing coastline of New Holland
Access No. 48152 | 6 secs | 1970s | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Good aerial of rebuilt Endeavour three masted sailing ship at sea, headland POV from boat at sea, underwater shot of bleached coral. Re-enactment of young man in costume at helm of Endeavour. Re-enactment of panic on board and cannons being thrown overboard, CU and silhouette of ship's bell ringing.
Access No. 48153 | 53 secs | 1970s | © NFSA | Colour |
Black and white painting of ship and map of Cape Tribulation, black and white drawing of explorers rowing to shore in row boat
Access No. 48154 | 6 secs | 1970s | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Good aerial over coral reef, Endeavour Reef in Great Barrier Reef. Ship at wharf being loaded with supplies. Launch boat, Tropic Seas, headed out to sea. Hope Island in midst of Great Barrier Reef. Expedition setting up camp on Hope Island and raising the Explorers Club flag. Helicopter lands on beach, CU of magnetometer equipment used for finding metal underwater. Man dives overboard in snorkel an mask. Underwater shots of coral and diver searching for Captain Cook's cannons. Shots from underwater and on boat as cannon is raised to surface. Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences led by Doctor Virgil Kauffman, January 1969. Expedition members are Brigadier General Alfred Wolf, Griscom Bettle at the helm, Dr James Tyler, Dr. C Lavette Smith charting the discovery, Alfred Betolet.
Access No. 48155 | 8 mins 44 secs | 1970s | Great Barrier Reef, Endeavour Reef, Hope Island, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Fishing boat moored onshore. Snorkeler catching fish in hand held net and emptying small fish into bucket on board boat. Small sea snake in clear shallow water. Man smoking pipe and collecting marine life in shallows. CUs of various small fish in hand and bowl. Boat, Wallach, a lighthouse tender from Thursday Island captained by Wally Douglas. Coral encrusted cannon being lifted out of the water onto ship - discovery of Captain Cook's cannons.
Access No. 48156 | 6 mins 8 secs | 1970s | Great Barrier Reef, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Holden car in main street of Cairns, 1969. CU of cannon recovered from bottom of Endeavour Reef. VS of restoration of the cannon. VS of restored cannon. Prime Minister, John Gorton at ceremony in Canberra. Re-enactment Captain Cook's landing with Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II watching and laughing. Commentary about the Òfriendly nativesÓ. CU of plaque on cannon.
Access No. 48157 | 6 mins 23 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |