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1772 to 1779 (Second and Third World Voyages)

 

225 Years Ago: Contents

In each issue of Cook's Log an article appears saying what was happening to Captain Cook 225 years earlier.
Some of these articles are available to be read here.

1769 April - June Cook was at Tahiti observing the Transit of Venus.     
1772 January - March Cook was preparing for his Second Voyage.
  April - June Cook was sailing from Deptford to Plymouth.
  July - September Cook was sailing south to Cape Town.
  October - December Cook was visiting Cape Town and sailing into the Antarctic Seas.
1773 January - March Cook was sailing in the Antarctic Seas, trying to find the extent of the Great Southern Continent.
  April - June Cook was recuperating at New Zealand before continuing to try to find the extent of the Great Southern Continent.
  July - September Cook was visiting Tahiti and the Society Islands.
  October - December Cook was visiting Tonga and New Zealand.
1774 January - March Cook was visiting Easter Island.
  April - June Cook was visiting the Marquesas islands, Tahiti, Huaheine, Niue and Nomuka.
  July - September Cook was visiting the New Hebrides and New Caledonia.
  October - December Cook was visiting New Zealand and Tierra del Fuego.
1775 January - March Cook was visiting South Georgia and Cape Town.
  April - June Cook was visiting Cape Town, St Helena and Ascension.
  July - September Cook was arriving home at the end of his Second Voyage.
  October - December Cook was editing his journals of his Second Voyage.
1776 January - March Cook was volunteering for his Third Voyage.
  April - June Cook was preparing for his Third Voyage.
  July - September Cook was sailing south in the Atlantic Ocean.
  October - December Cook was at Cape Town and Kerguelen Island.
1777 January - March Cook was at Tasmania and New Zealand on his Third Voyage.
  April - June Cook was among the Tongan Islands, where he was nearly killed.
  July - September Cook went from Tonga to Tahiti.
  October - December Cook was in the Society Islands and discovered Christmas Island.
1778 January - March Cook was at the western Hawaiian Islands and sailed to America.
  April - June Cook was searching the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska for a passage to the Atlantic.
  July - September Cook was searching the coasts of Asia and America for a passage to the Atlantic.
  October - December Cook was sailing south from America to the Hawaiian Islands.
1779 January - March Cook was at the eastern Hawaiian Islands, where he was killed.
  April - June Cook's ships sailed to Kamchatka on the east coast of Russia.

 

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Scott, DNA analyses, have revealed traces of Polynesian DNA in a number of people. This has prompted a number of enquiries to the Captain Cook Society about Polynesians who may have returned with Cook's ships. Polynesians were good sailors and a several came to the UK on board sailing ships in the early 19th century. Only one came to England via Cook's voyages, this was Omai who was brought from the Pacific aboard the Adventure, Cook's companion vessel on his second voyage, which was commanded by Tobias Furneaux. Omai stayed in England for two years before he was taken back to the Pacific by Captain Cook on his 3rd voyage.
By Cliff Thornton on 1/28/2018 5:32:15 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I am trying to find a list of all the crew members on all of his ships.
I am also interested if any Polynesian people returned with him or married any of the crew.
By Scott Starritt on 1/17/2018 8:13:46 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Rodney, I suggest that you use the Google Books website - https://books.google.com
Use the search facility to look for "Voyage to the Pacific" "James Cook" - as a combined search.
You will find a number of different editions come up as options.
You can either read them on-line, or you can sometimes download the text as an e-book. Look for the "E-Book" symbol in red in the upper left.
Please note that you may need to download several books, as Google treats individual volumes separately.
By Cliff Thornton on 12/31/2017 2:32:59 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I am looking for an ebook of the final Journal of Captain Cook to download.

Can you help?
By RODNEY DIETZ on 12/30/2017 11:34:28 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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science is awesome!!!!
By Toby Tomic on 6/5/2017 1:42:19 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Greetings,

I have heard that Captain cook crossed around the Antarctic circle.

Do you know if there are any references to this is his logs?

Thank you very much,

Hamish
By Hamish on 4/12/2016 6:03:41 AM Like:0 DisLike:1

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