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Captain Cook Statue, Victoria, British Columbia


Many members are probably familiar with this statue of Captain Cook standing looking out over the harbor of the city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

It is a fine memorial to the man who discovered the harbor back in 1778.

I have some friends in the area who were keen to take a batch of pictures of the statue, from varying angles, including some of the plaque on the statue, recounting its history.

Apart from what it says on the plaque, I don't know the circumstances that led to its erection.

Ms Hope Jeter, Los Angeles
See also Cook's Log, page 1677, vol. 22, no. 4 (1999)

I took these photos at the height of the Victoria tourist season. The streets here were filled with people from all walks of life and from all over the world. The statue of Captain Cook is situated facing the Empress Hotel which is a major land mark in our city. Behind his back is the inner harbour. Literally hundreds of people stop and view the statue each day, to read the inscription, or to take a photograph, often with a member of their family standing next to the statue. Captain Cook was the earliest English explorer on our coast and he is, therefore, well known throughout the community.

Peter Lindsay, Victoria, BC

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Originally published in Cook's Log, page 23, volume 31, number 4 (2008).

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It was pulled down this evening and tossed into the Inner Harbour.
The individuals responsible have yet to be identified.
By Joel Casselman on 7/2/2021 10:08:52 AM Like:1 DisLike:0
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Yes I have not only stood in front of the statue on many occasions I've stayed in the empress hotel and admired the Victorian gas lamppost to the right of the statue donated by my employers Walsall council in the West Midlands Great Britain. The sea plane back to mainland Canada was fantastic.
By Jackie Hewitt on 9/17/2020 10:56:37 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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The plaque reads, "After two historic voyages to the South Pacific, Cook was cruising the waters of the Pacific Northwest on his third and final voyage. With his two ships <i>Resolution</i> and <i>Discovery</i> he was searching for the western exit to the legendary Northwest Passage. In March, 1778, they put into Nootka Sound for repairs and to trade with the native people. With him on the voyage were Mr. William Bligh as master of the Resolution and midshipman George Vancouver."
By Janet Brien on 9/18/2019 7:14:03 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I visited the statue in September 2017. The dividers have now been replaced in Cook's right hand. The statue is remarkably similar to the one overlooking the harbour at Whitby.
By Bernard Walford on 11/6/2017 11:06:37 AM Like:1 DisLike:0
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Should have proof read that last date should read April 1778
It took a long time travelling the Pacific in those days with the stop overs in the Friendly Islands
By Robert McDowell on 8/9/2015 10:31:01 PM Like:1 DisLike:0
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Hammond Innes wrote a great book on Captain James Cook's The Last Voyage ( Captain Cooks lost diary)was an interesting reference maybe a coincidence but on the 12th of July 1776 Cook sailed from Plymouth in Devon hence the locals in Victoria were keen to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the start of the voyage . Juan de Fuca discovered the straits between Vancouver Island and the mainland in 1592. Captain James Cook landed at Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island in April 1777
By Robert McDowell on 8/9/2015 7:42:18 PM Like:1 DisLike:0
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Please email webmaster@captaincooksociety.com for permission.
By Administrator on 9/29/2013 6:50:53 PM Like:1 DisLike:1
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May I have permission to include a picture of the causeway statue in a forthcoming fiction book set in Victoria
By Michael on 9/28/2013 8:13:33 PM Like:1 DisLike:1

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