Welcome to the captain cook society


We have an international membership from countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. In all, we have about 400 members and they receive a free quarterly publication called Cook's Log. Each issue contains articles on many aspects of James Cook's Life and those associated with him.

Membership is open to anyone interested in Captain James Cook, whether professionally or as a hobby. Your interests might be in animals, astronomy, birds, books, botany, coins, discovery, engravings, ethnography, exploration, family history, journals, magazines, medals, navigation, ships, stamps, wills, or zoology. You'll find that Cook's Log covers all these subjects and more!

The answers to many Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found by clicking here.

The Society was formed in 1975 as the Captain Cook Study Unit and changed its name to the Captain Cook Society in 2001. The first officers lived in the USA and Australia. Currently, all four officers live in the UK. There is also an Australian branch with additional officers and an additional journal called Endeavour Lines.  Members in Canada, Germany and New Zealand also hold meetings from time to time.

Click here to read news about our future and past meetings, including Australia, Canada and the UK in 2014, and New Zealand in 2015.



Related Places

Discover beautiful engravings from Cook's voyages .

These are perhaps the most notable dates in James Cook's life.

Here you can find related places and sights to Captain James Cook. Such as Cooks' Cottage and many more.


The Crew

The Ships

Who was the crew and what did they do?

Read about the ships that Cook sailed in.




Aug31 Captain Cook in Alaska - a talk on 19 March 2015

A discussion of Cook's voyage to Alaska   Read More

Aug31 James Cook: An Explorer for the Ages - a talk on 19 February 2015

A discussion of Cook’s character and skills, missions, achievements Read More

Aug25 Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 11 July 2014 to 4 January, 2015

See all five of John Harrison’s famous timekeepers. H1, H2, H3, H4 and H5 together!   Read More

Aug05 East Coast Encounter, tours east coast of Australia from May 2014 to June 2017

Exhibition re-imagining the encounter by James Cook and his company with Aboriginal people in 1770.  Read More

Last updated: October 2014

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