Welcome to the captain cook society


250 years ago Cook had arrived home after sailing in Endeavour during his first circumnavigation.
Read a year's worth of journal entries from the voyage.

Visit our web pages about the people who went with him then and the commemorations that took place in 2018, 2019, 2020.


The Captain Cook Society has an international membership from countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. In all, we have about 500 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, one officer lives in New Zealand, and the other three 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, Germany, New Zealand and UK.



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.




Maps of the Pacific - an exhibition in Sydney until 24 April 2022

Several Cook-related items on display
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A Vision of Whitby, until May 2022

An exhibition of photos of Whitby (including Captain Cook) by local photographer John Tindale
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Artistic Legacy of Joseph Banks exhibition at NHM, London until 13 January 2022

Artworks and manuscripts from Banks's collections
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Premiere of a Song Cycle based on the life Daniel Solander, 12 February, 2022

A musical celebration of the great Swedish botanist
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A virtual one-page thematic competition on 31 January 2022

Submissions by email.
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Last updated: December 2021

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