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A table of the crew of Cook's Three Voyages 1768-1779

 

The Crew of Cook's First Voyage 1768-1771

 

HMB Endeavour

Captain

James Cook

Lieutenants

Zachary Hicks

 

John Gore

Midshipmen

Charles Clerke

 

William Harvey

 

James Magra

 

Patrick Saunders

 

John Bootie

 

Jonathan Monkhouse

Master

Robert Molyneux

Boatswain

John Gathrey

Quartermasters

Alexander Weir

 

Samuel Evans

Carpenter

John Satterley

Sailmaker

John Ravenhill

Gunner

Stephen Forwood

Cook

John Thompson

Surgeon

William Monkhouse

i/c Marines

John Edgcumbe

Astronomer

Charles Green

Naturalists

Joseph Banks

 

Daniel Solander

 

Hermann Sporing

Artists

Sydney Parkinson

 

Alexander Buchan

The Crews of Cook's Second Voyage 1772-1775

 

HMS Resolution

HMS Adventure

Captain

James Cook

Tobias Furneaux

Lieutenants

Robert Cooper

Arthur Kempe

 

Richard Pickersgill

James Burney

 

Charles Clerke

 

Midshipmen

James Colnett

Thomas Woodhouse

 

William Harvey

Love Constable

 

Isaac Manley

Samuel Kemp

 

Thomas Willis

George Moorey

 

Joseph Price

Henry Lightfoot

 

Charles Loggie

John Lambrecht

Master

Joseph Gilbert

Peter Fannen

Boatswain

James Grey

Edward Johns

Quartermasters

Francis Scarnell

Robert Moody

 

Patrick Whelan

Francis Murphy

 

Anthony Atkin

Francis Treneer

 

Samuel Bordall

Robert Barber

 

John Ellwell

 
 

John Lockton

 

Carpenter

James Wallis

William Offord

Sailmaker

Richard Rollett

Andrew Hill

Gunner

Robert Anderson

Andrew Gloag

Cook

John Ramsay

Mortimer Mahoney

Surgeon

James Patton

Thomas Andrews

i/c Marines

John Edgcumbe

James Scott

Astronomer

William Wales

William Bayly

Naturalists

Johann Forster

 
 

Georg Forster

 
 

Anders Sparrman

 

Artist

William Hodges

 

The Crews of Cook's Third Voyage 1776-1780

 

HMS Resolution

HMS Discovery

Captains

James Cook

Charles Clerke

 

Charles Clerke

John Gore

 

John Gore

James King

Lieutenants

James King

James Burney

 

John Gore

John Rickman

 

John Williamson

 
 

William Harvey

 
 

James Burney

 

Midshipmen

William Charlton

Edward Riou

 

Richard Hergest

George Vancouver

 

William Midd

Alexander Mouat

 

James Trevenen

John Martin

 

William Shuttleworth

William Harvey

 

John Hatley

 
 

John Watts

 
 

James Ward

 

Master

William Bligh

Thomas Edgar

Boatswain

William Ewin

Aneas Aitken

Quartermasters

Patrick Whelan

William Hollamby

 

John Brown

William Stevens

 

Thomas Roberts

 

Carpenter

James Cleveley

Peter Reynolds

Sailmaker

William Widdall

William Hillsey

Gunner

Robert Anderson

William Peckover

Cook

Robert Morris

Robert Goulding

Surgeon

William Anderson

John Law

 

John Law

David Samwell

i/c Marines

Molesworth Phillips

James Kich

Astronomer

 

William Bayly

Artist

John Webber

 

 

John Robson

The lists contain only the officers and persons who played significant roles during the three voyages. I felt there were too many other crew members to include everyone.

Originally published in Cook's Log, page 1913, volume 25, number 1 (2002).
Corrected in Cook's Log, page 1963, volume 25, number 3 (2002)
Explanation added in Cook's Log, page 1963, volume 25, number 4 (2002)

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Robert, please be aware that Cook and his crew obtained the sea-otter furs from several locations along the N-W coast, and not just from Nootka. The furs were sold at Petrapavlosk, Kamchatka to a Russian Merchant on 5 May 1779. After the summer of 1779, the ships headed for Cape Town. They stopped at Macao on 4 December and left on 13 January 1780. I am not sure if any furs were sold at Macao, most were sold on the visit to Canton, made whilst the ships were at anchor at Macao.
By Cliff Thornton on 12/12/2017 9:57:30 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Hello. I would appreciate any assistance in finding out the dates when the sea-otters that James Cook acquired in Nootka Sound, between March 29, 1778 and April 26, 1778, were sold in Kamchatka, Canton and Macao?
By Robert Janning on 12/10/2017 10:08:17 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Richard, there is a separate article on this website devoted to Richard Littleboy. Go to
http://www.captaincooksociety.com/home/detail/richard-and-michael-littleboy-watermen
or use the website's search facility to find other references.
By Cliff Thornton on 10/19/2017 10:18:11 PM Like:1 DisLike:1
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Hello great information and well researched and compiled. As you see by my surname I am interested in the AB Littleboy's who served on the Endeavour in the first voyage. Is it possible to point me in a direction that would enhance my knowledge. Richard Littleboy
By Richard Thomas LITTLEBOY on 10/19/2017 3:15:55 AM Like:1 DisLike:1
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Mat, yes the story of "young Nick" is perfectly true, and Captain Cook was true to his word and named part of the coastline "Young NIcks Head" after the youngster. It is all recorded in Captain Cook's journal. He embarked on Endeavour as a 12 year old, too young to be recorded on the ship's muster roll, but was entered on 18 April 1769. Very little is known about where he came from. It is known that after his voyage on Endeavour, he embarked with Joseph Banks on his voyage to Iceland.
By Cliff Thornton on 10/15/2017 9:10:59 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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I just came across this site by accident whilst surfing the web, and got enthralled by it. I am 74 years old now, but remember my grandmother telling me that I was related to a "young Nick" allegedly Captain Cooks cabin boy and that he was the first to sight NZ and called the "land ho" on the appearance of cliffs on the horizon just north of what is Gisborne in NZ today. Apparently he was only 14 years old at the time. I would love to get some verification of this if there is any.
By Mat Turner on 10/15/2017 4:47:39 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Ken, sounds like you have already done some research into Cook's crews. You can find the full list of names on each of the ships on this website, go to
http://www.captaincooksociety.com/home/detail/muster-records-for-the-royal-navy-ships-of-james-cook-1763-1780
By Cliff Thornton on 7/30/2017 8:38:10 PM Like:2 DisLike:1
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My genealogical research hads led me to explore the crew lists of the three voyages of Captain Cook. Would it be possible to get a copy of the full crew lists for hte voyages?

My closest family connection comes with connections to the third voyage. Serving on the HMS Resolution as armourer was George Dixon which is a surname that shows up later in our family connections. While searching for his history I was led to Captain James King who was one of three captains of the HMS Discovery.

Captain Cook had been apprenticed to John and Henry Walker in Whitby U.K. Captain James King was descended from the same Walker family. Also connected to this Walker family is Sarah Dawson, which provides me with a second possible connection to William Shuttleworth Holden who was a midshipman on the HMS Resolute. William Holden was the son of James Shuttleworth who married the only daughter of Robert Holden and the Hon Elizabeth Holden (nee Tracy) on the condition that he change his name to Holden in order to inherit the estate. Other connections in the Shuttleworth, and King families lead us to connections to our family trees of Dawson and Pudsey.

Howard Hollow who posted that his 6th gt grandfather was Captain John Walker who married Sir Issac Newton's sister Anne. I have a connection with you. My 6th gt grandfather William Dawson who married Jane Pudsey of Bolton was listed as a personal friend of Sir Issac Newton. Could we be put in contact so that we can share information?
By Ken Holden on 7/21/2017 3:52:19 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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amazing information how did you find this out
By drew on 6/20/2017 4:07:24 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Hello Maarten, Yes William Anderson was on Cook's second voyage, in the role of Surgeon's mate.
I have read George Forster's account of their visit to Tanna in August 1774. He refers to Sparrman accompanying him on shore for plant collecting, but he never mentions Anderson.
By Cliff Thornton on 5/11/2017 10:51:12 PM Like:0 DisLike:0

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