This group of musters covers those ships in which James Cook was the senior officer. Coverage is from his time in the schooner Grenville in Newfoundland in 1764 (a few entries have been included for 1763 although no muster survives for that year) to 1780 when his two ships, Resolution and Discovery, returned to Britain after his death in Hawai`i.
HM Schooner/ Brig Grenville
Cook commanded from 1763 to 1768, mainly in Newfoundland waters.
Several members of the crew from Wallis’s voyage (1766-1768) later sailed with Cook
Cook’s ship on the first voyage to the Pacific (1768-1771)
Cook commanded briefly in the River Thames in late 1771 between voyages.
Cook’s ship on the second voyage to the Pacific (1772-1775)
Cook’s companion ship on the second voyage to the Pacific (1772-1774)
Cook’s ship on the third voyage to the Pacific (1776-1780)
Cook’s companion ship on the third voyage to the Pacific (1776-1780)
Cook was appointed to HMS Scorpion between his first and second Pacific voyages. Many of the men appointed to Scorpion in 1771 followed Cook in December to HMS Drake, later renamed Resolution. The muster for Scorpion has, therefore, been included. As several men who served with Cook had previously sailed with Samuel Wallis to the Pacific on HMS Dolphin, the muster for that ship has also been included.
Various extra lists have been developed detailing men who ran or were discharged before ships sailed. Other lists show men who sailed on more than one voyage.
Transfers between ships on the second and third voyages have been recorded together with promotions / demotions during the voyages. Punishments and other incidents have not been included.
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