Welcome to the captain cook society


250 years ago Cook was in Endeavour during his first circumnavigation sailing home through the North Atlantic Ocean.

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.




On online talk on 13 July, 2021, about the Art of Captain Cook’s First Voyage

This talk is one of a series that Phil has been giving about the voyages of Captain James Cook
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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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Cooktown and Cape York Expo 2021 from 10 to 21 June

A festival in Australia, where Cook stayed the longest in 1770
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First Flowers: Joseph Banks' Florilegium', Tuesday 18th May to 18th June 2021

An exhibition of botanical prints at Whitby
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Last updated: June 2021

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