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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 1963, volume 25, number 4 (2002)

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Philip, you will find a complete list of the crew of Adventure on this website, go to
https://www.captaincooksociety.com/Portals/ccs/Files/Musters/3adventuremuster1.pdf
The table lists where members of the crew were born, but there are few known Devonians.
Furneaux brought with him many crew of his previous ship Torbay. So when somebody is mentioned as being "from Torbay", it usually means that he transferred from that ship to Adventure, and not that he was from the town of that name.
By Cliff Thornton on 10/31/2018 10:42:17 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Stephen, you have kindly provided numerous facts about your pocket watch, but I cannot relate any of them to Captain James Cook R.N. He never sailed on a ship called Discovery, although a ship of that name was his companion vessel on his 3rd voyage (1776-1780). The date of 22 October 1780 is significant, as that was when Resolution and Discovery anchored at Stromness, Orkney on their way back to the Thames. There has never been a seaman amongst Cook's crews called Sandison. You mention Discovery, the ship which Capt. Vancouver commanded on his exploration of the NW coast of N America. But the dates of that voyage are 1791-1795, which do not correspond to your watch. I would be interested to know if the internal mechanism of your watch bears the name of the maker.
By Cliff Thornton on 10/30/2018 8:52:30 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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John, regarding William Widdall, virtually nothing is known about him or his family. One website which says that he came from Southampton, although I do not know the basis of that claim. Certainly there were Widdalls in that area, so it may be wortth having a look. Please post a message here is you are able to trace him. Good Luck.
By Cliff Thornton on 10/30/2018 8:28:24 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Liz, apologies for the delay in posting a reply to your enquiry. On all of Cook's voyages there was only one seaman called Morgan, and he was not a proper member of the voyage. Peter Morgan enlisted on the Endeavour in November 1770, at Batavia on the ship's voyage home. He was a sick man when he came on board, and he died 5 months later in late February 1771, as the ship was crossing the Indian Ocean.
By Cliff Thornton on 10/30/2018 8:18:22 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Where can I find a complete list of the crew on the Adventure. I'm interested to know about any Devonians on board. I'd like to know more about John Roe, Mr Woodhouse and Tobias Swilly. Thanks
By Philip Badcott on 10/27/2018 9:31:51 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I have a pocket watch that I obtained from my great great grandfather's possessions that says it was " to R. Sandison from Captain Cook of the Discovery August 22, 1760 or 1780.". By chance was he a crew member or do you know if Discovery was in Vancouver BC at around this time. . Thanks
By STEPHEN BANNATYNE on 10/17/2018 9:29:54 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Do you have any further information on William Widdall, Sailmaker on the third voyage or can you suggest a possible source?
By John Widdall on 9/24/2018 10:28:33 PM Like:1 DisLike:1
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I have been told that one of my relatives called Morgan sailed on one of Cooks voyages. Do any Moragnsa feature on the crew lists.
By Liz myles on 9/24/2018 10:10:51 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Joy, I have checked all of the records relating to Endeavour and Joseph Banks and can inform you that they do not contain anybody of the name of Leonard or Len Smithers. Banks made one further voyage after Endeavour in an expedition to Iceland. Unfortunately I do not have a list of the crew and passengers who sailed on that voyage. You may wish to contact the Joseph Banks Society to enquire if they have ever come across a Len Smithers who worked for Sir Joseph.
https://www.joseph-banks.org.uk/
By Cliff Thornton on 9/23/2018 7:40:56 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Hello ,
My name is Joy Smithers from Sydney Australia .
Was there a Len Smithers on any of the Endeavour voyages?
My Father has always maintained that our ancestor was Joespth Banks “scribe” biographer and travelled with Banks on the Endeavour .?
Also that Len Smithers wrote an historical document of Sir Joseph Banks discoveries that I am told is kept in the Mitchell Library in Sydney .

I can see no record of him in your list of crew .
many thanks
Joy Smithers
By Joy Smithers on 9/23/2018 10:29:18 AM Like:0 DisLike:1

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