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Over the years the CCS has held several quizzes through its journal, Cook's Log.
These are reproduced for you on our web site, so you can take part and test your knowledge of Captain Cook, even if the prizes have long ago been claimed!

Here is Quiz 10.
The questions originally appeared in 2007 (Vol. 30, no. 3, page 4) and the answers the next issue (Vol. 30, no. 4, page 17).
Questions to this quiz

The Answers

Question number Question
Answer
1. Whose wife was sentenced to transportation to North America?
William Munkhouse married Jane Murray on 17 November 1756 at St. Luke's Church, Old Street, London. In 1765, Jane Munkhouse was arrested for stealing a cloak and tried at the Old Bailey. She was found guilty on 22 May 1758 and sentenced to be transported to North America. (Proceedings of the Old Bailey t17650522-5). William Munkhouse was absent overseas in Newfoundland waters, having sailed as surgeon aboard HMS Niger.
2. Who taught Samuel Taylor Coleridge?
William Wales, the astronomer on Resolution on the second voyage, later taught mathematics at Christs Hospital School in London. Among his pupils was Coleridge.
3. Who drew the first detailed map of the Isle of Man?
Peter Fannin, master of the Adventure, retired in 1775 to Douglas on the Isle of Man. He married Elizabeth Boothe in Braddan, near Douglas, in March 1775. They had three daughters and a son. Fannin opened a School of Navigation in Douglas. He published his Correct Plan of the Isle of Man, in January 1789, which was the basis of most maps of the island for the next fifty years.
4. Whose nephew was the artist John Constable?
John Watts, who sailed on Cook's third voyage in Resolution, was baptised on 3 July 1755 at All Hallows the Great, London, the son of William and Jane Watts. His oldest surviving sister, Ann Watts, married Golding Constable in 1767 and their son was John Constable, the artist.
5. Whose sister was the ancestor of Julian and Aldous Huxley?
James Trevenen, who sailed on the third voyage in Resolution, had two sisters: Jane and Elizabeth. They married brothers from another Cornwall family, the Penroses. Jane married John Penrose and Elizabeth married Christopher Vinicombe Penrose. One of Jane's daughters, Mary Penrose, married Thomas Arnold, the headmaster of Rugby School. And one of their granddaughters, Julia Francis Arnold, married Leonard Huxley and was the mother of Julian and Aldous Huxley.
6. Whose son was on the Bellerophon that took Napoleon to St. Helena?
Alexander Home, after sailing with Cook, returned to Berwickshire and, in 1785, married Elizabeth Stewart. Alexander and Elizabeth had two daughters and three sons. George Home was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy and was in Bellerophon, which carried Napoleon to St. Helena. He later wrote Memoirs of an aristocrat and reminiscences of the Emperor Napoleon (1837), which incorporates some reminiscences of Alexander Home and is the source of the account of the trial of the cannibal dog.
7. To whose daughter did Beethoven dedicate a piece of music?
James Burney's daughter, (Catherine) Sarah, married John Thomas Payne, who took over the Pall Mall booksellers from his Uncle Thomas. The Paynes retired to Rome in 1850 but, before that, Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated a piece of music to Sarah Burney Payne in 1825 (an allegretto quasi andante in G minor for piano).
8. Which man nearly precipitated a war with Spain?
James Colnett and Argonaut sailed from Canton on 26 April 1789 for the Northwest Coast of America. However, on his arrival at Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island, Colnett discovered that the Spanish had taken over the inlet. Martínez, the Spanish commander and Colnett soon clashed and Martínez had Colnett arrested. Both men were at fault but the events led to the Nootka Sound Incident and nearly to war between Britain and Spain. Colnett was sent to the Spanish naval base of San Blas in Mexico. Eventually, he and Argonaut were released on 8 July 1790.
9. And which man was leader of the expedition sent to sort everything out?
George Vancouver was given command of the expedition to go to the Northwest Coast of America to sort out the last pieces of the Nootka Sound incident and to map the coast looking for the Northwest Passage.
10. Whose great, great grandson won a Victoria Cross in World War I?
John Elliott, midshipman on Resolution on the Second Voyage, had many daughters, including Louisa Lucretia Elliott who married Robert Cooper about 1840. They had a son, Robert, who changed his name to Robert Elliott-Cooper. He married Fanny Leatham in 1878. One of their children, Neville Bowes Elliott-Cooper (born 1889), fought and died in the First World War, winning the Victoria Cross.
11. Whose father was murdered in Wapping?
Joseph Shank's father, a widower known as The Captain became friendly with a married woman, Elizabeth(?) Looney, and they began living together at Shank's house in Wapping. Daniel Looney, another seafarer and husband of the woman lived with them in the same house when not at sea! Things reached a head on 7 November 1761 when an argument occurred in the house and Daniel Looney shot Joseph Shank, killing him. Looney was arrested and, after being tried at the Old Bailey on 9 December where he was found guilty, he was hung.
12. Which man dictated his will as he lay dying in the cockpit of the Mars?
Alexander Hood was captain of Mars on 21 April 1798 in the fleet off Brest, when they encountered a French ship, Hercule. The ships engaged and fought at close quarters. Hercule lost 315 men killed or wounded, and surrendered. Hood had been shot in the thigh, which cut his femoral artery and he died. As he was dying, Hood told the ship's chaplain, Thomas Morgan, and others the details of a will, which Morgan transcribed the next day. It was accepted as such and proven later in the year (PROB 11/1316).
13. Which two men gave "curiosities" to Trinity College, Dublin?
After the Second Voyage, surgeon James Patten gave "curiosities" he had acquired in the Pacific to Trinity College Dublin. He married Elizabeth Greene of Ardee, Louth on 6 September 1777 and set up in South King Street, Dublin as a "Practioner in Midwifery". Trinity College bestowed an honorary degree of Doctor of Physick in 1780, possibly in thanks for the curiosities.
And James King did much the same after the third voyage. Artifacts collected by King were donated to Trinity College, Dublin, and King received a LLD from Trinity in return.
14. Which two men regularly played whist with the writers Charles Lamb and Robert Southey?
James Burney was able to mix in both naval and literary societies. He became a friend of writers such as Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt and Robert Southey. Burney's home in James Street, Westminster, was a popular venue for them for whist. After his death, Charles Lamb wrote to William Wordsworth: "There's Captain Burney gone! - What fun has whist now?"
And Molesworth Phillips, who re-entered the whist playing circle of his former brother-in-law (Burney). Lamb described Phillips as "the high minded associate of Cook, the veteran colonel with his lusty heart still sending cartels of defiance to old Time".
15. Who commanded the Victory not long before Nelson?
John Rickman was in command of HMS Victory, a first rate of 100 guns, from 1798 to 1799, when it was being used as a hospital ship at Chatham. (This was the same Victory that was rebuilt in 1801, and used by Nelson as his flagship at Trafalgar in 1805).
16. Whose grandfather (named Fletcher) married the great aunt (named Christian) of Fletcher Christian? (hence the origin of the combination of names).
William Taylor, who sailed on the Third Voyage on Resolution, was born about 1760 in Woolwich, the son of William and Grace Taylor. Taylor's mother was born Grace Fletcher about 1720 at Clea Hall near Wigton in north Cumberland. She was the daughter of John and Isabella (née Senhouse) Fletcher. Fletcher had previously been married to a Mary Christian, the great aunt of Fletcher Christian. Taylor and Christian were cousins.
17. Who died fighting for the Russians against the Swedes?
James Trevenen was given command of Rodislav, in the Russian navy in 1788. By then, the Russians were at war with Sweden and Trevenen took part in several engagements with the Swedes. In October 1789, Rodislav was wrecked and Trevenen transferred to Netron Menya. On 3 July 1790, Trevenen was present at the Battle of Viborg Bay, during which he was fatally wounded. He died at Kronstadt on 9 July 1790.
18. Which man was supposedly killed in a duel?
According to John Elliott, Charles Loggie, midshipman from the Second Voyage, was killed in duel in 1782, while first lieutenant of Marion.

 

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