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Cooktown is the northern most town on the Queensland coast.  Only recently was the highway up the coast paved all the way there.   Prior to that, during the rainy season the only way in and out was by boat.

The town received its name as a result of Captain Cook, who careened his vessel the Endeavour on the banks of the river after ripping open the bottom on a reef.  He spent several months there while the crew rebuilt the hull.

Cooktown was not a very good anchorage, the harbour is very shallow so we had to anchor right at the mouth.  This was fine until the wind switched to the Northeast and the swell was coming straight in.  The town is very small, although the museum was very interesting.  We spent the night, reprovisioned the boat and set off for Caines.

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