On 17th. June 1755 Cook joined the Royal Navy at Wapping.
Clifford E. Thornton, "Captain Cook in Cleveland", Middlesbrough Council, 1978.
C. Preston, "Captain James Cook R.N., F.R.S.", Whitby Literary Society, 1973.
Note: As pointed out on page 42 of the first reference above, J.C. Beaglehole in his "Life" (1974) made an error in dating Cook's first voyage above by ascribing it to the wrong year, overlooking the fact that the year commenced in March, rather than January - before the reform of the calendar.
Originally published in Cook's Log, page 303, volume 7, number 4 (1984).
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