Portrait of Tobias Furneaux
Lieutenant Tobias Furneaux was an excellent seaman, very experienced; he had been second lieutenant on the Dolphin, under Wallis—so he had had previous acquaintance with Cook's famous goat, which went round the world on the Dolphin and then immediately went round again with Cook on his second voyage, without her udder running dry. Furneaux did not enjoy his stint in the Adventure. He was unused to Whitby ships and couldn't get the knack of tacking her. He also found his Captain rather intimidating: never before had he served under a man who was so single-mindedly devoted to cleanliness, vitamin C, good housekeeping and establishing gardens in eccentric places. Furneaux' cook, a certain Mahoney, was no help at all in maintaining this odd regime, falling down on the job to the extent of dropping dead. According to the astronomer Bayly, Mahoney 'died of the Scurvy, he being so indolent and dirtily inclined there was no possibility of making him keep himself clean, or even to come on deck to breathe the fresh air.'