Diarios / Journals
Arthur C. Clarke
Rendezvous with Rama – page 089
What would the long-dead captain
of that earlier Endeavour
have done in a situation such as this?
Norton had asked himself that question
at every moment of crisis in the last few years.
It was his secret, which he had never revealed to anyone.
And like most of the important things in life,
it had come about quite by accident.
He had been captain of Endeavour
for several months before he realized
that it was named after one of the most famous ships in history.
True, during the last four hundred years
there had been a dozen Endeavours of sea and two of space,
but the ancestor of them all was
the 370-ton Whitby collier that Captain James Cook, RN,
had sailed round the world between 1768 and 1771.