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Book about James Cook and George Collingridge


A book was published in 2002 by Vanessa Collingridge, one of the members of the CCS.

Dust jacket of book Captain Cook: Obsession and betrayal in the New World 376 pp. Published in March, 2002 by:
Ebury Press (ISBN 0091879132, £17.99).

Vanessa Collingridge started writing a biography of James Cook, then discovered that one of her ancestors, George Collingridge, had published a book on The Discovery of Australia. In it he had investigated the "priority of discovery of Australasia by Europeans" before Cook's arrival in 1770. But to say Cook did not discover Australia was against the received wisdom of his day, and he was villified and then ignored.
Collingridge incorporates modern research in her story of Cook's 18th century life, and inter-twines it with the story of her ancestor's 19th century life. Some of this research came from other members of the CCS, severla of whom are acknowledged in the first few pages.

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Adrian, have you asked this question before as it rings a bell with me?
Your book was written by A.G.Price and was published in the late 1950s, so that gives a rough date to the events in the Agean Sea. The mention of the "Seagull" is a reference to the popular outboard motor built by the British Seagull company. I have not been able to find any reference to the yacht Pieta. So it would appear that the book was given to Peg Ames as a token of appreciation for her work on securing the yacht in the face of an approaching storm. The reference to her as a "descendant of Captain Cook" is purely allegorical, as Cook had no direct descendants.
By Cliff Thornton on 6/24/2016 8:52:25 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I purchased a book several years ago and am now trying to research some t6hings about it.The book is called "The explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific, as Told By Selections of His Own Journals 1768-1779" It is undated. However, on one of the blank pages at the front, is a handwritten message which puzzles me.This is it and I am hoping you may be able to shed some light on it and if you know of "Peg Ames", "K.D.A." and "Seagull"
"to ? Peg Ames, a proud and worthy descendant of Captain Cook, who when her mate (?) lay ill on the islands in the Agean Sea, did single handed, manned the ships boat and with only the help of "Seagull" braved the seas to secure her ship Pieta (?) and to see that she rode (?) out safely the oncoming storm " It is then signed = "L +K´s K.D.A. "
I have been unable so far, to trace any relevant information about this incident,
I would appreciate if you are kindly able to shed any light on this. Many thanks. Adrian Lopez
By Adrian Lopez on 6/21/2016 1:16:32 PM Like:0 DisLike:0

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