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A table of the crew of Cook's Three Voyages 1768-1779

 

The Crew of Cook's First Voyage 1768-1771

 

HMB Endeavour

Captain

James Cook

Lieutenants

Zachary Hicks

 

John Gore

Midshipmen

Charles Clerke

 

William Harvey

 

James Magra

 

Patrick Saunders

 

John Bootie

 

Jonathan Monkhouse

Master

Robert Molyneux

Boatswain

John Gathrey

Quartermasters

Alexander Weir

 

Samuel Evans

Carpenter

John Satterley

Sailmaker

John Ravenhill

Gunner

Stephen Forwood

Cook

John Thompson

Surgeon

William Monkhouse

i/c Marines

John Edgcumbe

Astronomer

Charles Green

Naturalists

Joseph Banks

 

Daniel Solander

 

Hermann Sporing

Artists

Sydney Parkinson

 

Alexander Buchan

The Crews of Cook's Second Voyage 1772-1775

 

HMS Resolution

HMS Adventure

Captain

James Cook

Tobias Furneaux

Lieutenants

Robert Cooper

Arthur Kempe

 

Richard Pickersgill

James Burney

 

Charles Clerke

 

Midshipmen

James Colnett

Thomas Woodhouse

 

William Harvey

Love Constable

 

Isaac Manley

Samuel Kemp

 

Thomas Willis

George Moorey

 

Joseph Price

Henry Lightfoot

 

Charles Loggie

John Lambrecht

Master

Joseph Gilbert

Peter Fannen

Boatswain

James Grey

Edward Johns

Quartermasters

Francis Scarnell

Robert Moody

 

Patrick Whelan

Francis Murphy

 

Anthony Atkin

Francis Treneer

 

Samuel Bordall

Robert Barber

 

John Ellwell

 
 

John Lockton

 

Carpenter

James Wallis

William Offord

Sailmaker

Richard Rollett

Andrew Hill

Gunner

Robert Anderson

Andrew Gloag

Cook

John Ramsay

Mortimer Mahoney

Surgeon

James Patton

Thomas Andrews

i/c Marines

John Edgcumbe

James Scott

Astronomer

William Wales

William Bayly

Naturalists

Johann Forster

 
 

Georg Forster

 
 

Anders Sparrman

 

Artist

William Hodges

 

The Crews of Cook's Third Voyage 1776-1780

 

HMS Resolution

HMS Discovery

Captains

James Cook

Charles Clerke

 

Charles Clerke

John Gore

 

John Gore

James King

Lieutenants

James King

James Burney

 

John Gore

John Rickman

 

John Williamson

 
 

William Harvey

 
 

James Burney

 

Midshipmen

William Charlton

Edward Riou

 

Richard Hergest

George Vancouver

 

William Midd

Alexander Mouat

 

James Trevenen

John Martin

 

William Shuttleworth

William Harvey

 

John Hatley

 
 

John Watts

 
 

James Ward

 

Master

William Bligh

Thomas Edgar

Boatswain

William Ewin

Aneas Aitken

Quartermasters

Patrick Whelan

William Hollamby

 

John Brown

William Stevens

 

Thomas Roberts

 

Carpenter

James Cleveley

Peter Reynolds

Sailmaker

William Widdall

William Hillsey

Gunner

Robert Anderson

William Peckover

Cook

Robert Morris

Robert Goulding

Surgeon

William Anderson

John Law

 

John Law

David Samwell

i/c Marines

Molesworth Phillips

James Kich

Astronomer

 

William Bayly

Artist

John Webber

 

 

John Robson

The lists contain only the officers and persons who played significant roles during the three voyages. I felt there were too many other crew members to include everyone.

Originally published in Cook's Log, page 1913, volume 25, number 1 (2002).
Corrected in Cook's Log, page 1963, volume 25, number 3 (2002)
Explanation added in Cook's Log, page 1997, volume 25, number 4 (2002)

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Paul, yes there are comprehensive musters for most of Cook's ship, on this website, go to
https://www.captaincooksociety.com/home/cook-s-ships/musters-of-cook-s-ships
But according to my records there was nobody called Dinsmore who served under Cook on any of his ships.
By Cliff Thornton on 3/13/2022 9:39:51 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Is there a more complete crew list? I’ve been told there was a Dinsmore in one of the crews. Thanks
By Paul Densmore on 3/13/2022 3:25:19 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Joanna, thank you for your interesting enquiry. I wonder if the James Alexander who you are enquiring after was the same servant of the Earl of Saandwich as the James Alexander who was buried in the churchyard at Brampton? See page 19 of the following link
http://www.ely.anglican.org/parishes/brampton/pdfdocs/tBm1612w.pdf
That James Alexander came from Africa and not the Pacific Islands. To which I can add that details were recorded of several Polynesians who were passengers for part of Cook's voyages. But none were recorded as boarding at Fiji.
By Cliff Thornton on 2/21/2022 8:27:20 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Is there any information on passengers picked up during the voyages?
I’m particularly interested to know if a man was taken to England from Fiji
The man was known as James Alexander when he was in the service of the Earl of Sandwich, supposedly brought back as a gift for the Earl to thank him for his support of the voyage
By Joanna Tinsley on 2/21/2022 7:27:15 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Nic, I have checked the master list of all the crew who served on Cook's three voyages of discovery, and the surname Peake does not appear. The musters of some of the other ships that Cook served on, including the Whitby colliers and some Royal Navy ships can be found on this website at
https://www.captaincooksociety.com/home/cook-s-ships/musters-of-cook-s-ships
have a look through those muster lists. There were 3 officers called James Cook serving in the Royal Navy in the late 18th century, I wonder if your ancestor might have served under a different James Cook
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By Cliff Thornton on 1/20/2022 4:45:11 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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I've been told that one of my ancestors was a member of the crew on one of Cook's voyages - it may have been an earlier voyage than the 3 great ones. his name was W or T Peake - I was told he was a cook but he may have been a lesser rank or posting. Is there any way of finding out details of the other crew members? Id be grateful of any help Thanks Nic Peake in Manchester UK
By nicbuxworth@gmail.com on 1/20/2022 12:36:02 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Roger, yes Cook did have the services of a ship's clerk on all of his voyages.
The letter book of the Endeavour is held by the National Library of Australia, and is available on-line (I think). All of the letters in that book were written by Richard Orton, the ship's clerk, in a beautiful copperplate script, a far cry from Cook's handwriting. I expect that you know that the man in charge of the Marines on Endeavour was a Lt. Molesworth-Phillips .
By Cliff Thornton on 11/25/2021 3:40:38 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Did Cook have a clerk (Midshipman) to write up his observation or did Cook do that himself?
I have a relative Richard Molesworth who was a Captains Clerk in the RN 1795-1809.
By Roger Madsen on 11/25/2021 12:07:02 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Eileen, thank you for your interesting enquiry. Yes, there was a William Charlton on the Resolution on Captain Cook's third voyage (1776-1780). But he enlisted on the ship in February 1776 as an AB seaman. Befire the end of the year he had been promoted to a Midshipman. At the time of his enlistment he was recorded as 18 years old, so his birth would have been about 1758, which ties in with your date.
By Cliff Thornton on 11/19/2021 5:49:36 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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I believe my ancestor WILLIAM CHARLTON signed on HMS RESOLUTION in Dec 1776 and i still there in Feb 1779, although his year of birth changes from year to year. He was actually born in 1758 at Essendon in Hertfordshire.
By eileen.adamson36@btinternet.com on 11/19/2021 11:26:33 AM Like:1 DisLike:1

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