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Captain James Cook R.N.
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First Voyage : Endeavour 1768 -1771


Personal Details:
Born at West Tanfield in North Yorkshire in 1749.

He drowned when he accidentally fell into the River Thames in July 1779.

Position On-Board: Master’s Mate

Biographical Summary:
Pickersgill was the nephew of John Lee, the servant of George Jackson, a senior clerk in the Admiralty. It is thought that his uncle managed to obtain him postings on his first ships.
In 1766 he circumnavigated the globe under Capt. Wallis on HMS Dolphin.
He demonstrated his ability as a map maker on the Endeavour voyage.
When Molyneux the ship’s Master died on the voyage back to England, Pickersgill was promoted to the vacant position as Master.
On returning to the London, Pickersgill was promoted to Lieutenant on Cook’s recommendation.
He was 3rd Lieutenant on Cook’s second voyage of exploration.

He wrote a journal of his voyage in Endeavour, now in The National Archives, London – Reference ADM 51 / 4547 / 142.
Before embarking in Dolphin in 1766, he made out his Will. It remained unchanged and was proved following his death in 1779.
Reference PROB  11 / 1957.

See also: “The Diary of Ralph Jackson (1736-1790) Part 5: Richard Pickersgill (1749-1779) in Cook’s Log Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 1708-09.

This information sheet was produced by the Captain Cook Society to commemorate
the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage of exploration.
For further information visit: www.captaincooksociety.com

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Alfreda, Richard Pickersgill's parents were Ann Lee and Richard Pickersgill. They married in the small North Yorkshire village of Wath Juxta Ripon in 1748. Richard Jnr. was born the following year and was baptised in the nearby village of West Tanfield. I have not tried to trace any earlier Pickersgill ancestry.
The fact that Captain Cook sailed to the South Seas to view the 1769 Transit of Venus, does not mean that the transit was only visible from that part of the globe. In fact the transit was observed by astronomers at many points around the globe, including Great Britain. Hence, if your ancestor was interested in astronomy he could have observed part of the Transit from his home , if he had the right equipment.
By Cliff Thornton on 4/25/2018 8:08:41 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I believe that Richard Pickersgill was related to my 5 x Gr Grandfather who was born in Kirkheaton Dewsbury in 1755, but my records don't go any further back but he named one of his daughters VENUS and the other Aquilla this was just after he was viewing the transit of Venus in the south seas. Do you have any further information about his ancestors please?
By Alfreda Pickersgill on 4/25/2018 10:27:36 AM Like:0 DisLike:0

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