Large white monument, with illustration of an arm wielding a union jack, and a blue shield beneath with white stars top and bottom and in the centre is a white globe showing the Pacific. Beneath is “Nil intentatum reliquit” Below the front inscription plaque is the name ‘COOK’ in large letters.
On top is set an old disused anchor supplied by the Marine Department, and a period gun from the Admiralty, and an old smooth bore gun was sent from England.
Two more guns flank the monument.
This Monument commemorating Cook’s association with Ship Cove was erected and inaugurated by Lord Liverpool, who was the Governor, on 11th February 1913, when 2000 people attended.
In 1928 eighteenth century cannons were presented by the Admiralty and unveiled at the foot of the monument.
In 1935 the base of the monument was extended, the guns were remounted in concrete, and at the back a groyne was built to divert a stream.
Interpretation panels were placed November 2006 by the Department of Conservation.
On 10th February 2013, with the support of the Marlborough Historical Society, Peter Cozens laid a wreath on the Monument to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the its inauguration, on behalf of the Captain Cook Society. On the wreath was the inscription:-
In memory of
Captain James Cook RN
a frequent visitor to
died at Hawaii
14th February 1779
Captain Cook Society
Panels on the monument:
ON BOARD THE ENDEAVOUR
15TH JAN. TO 6TH FEB. 1770
ON BOARD THE RESOLUTION.
18TH MAY TO 7TH JUNE, 1773
3RD NOV. TO 25TH NOV. 1773
18TH OCT. TO 10TH NOV. 1774.
12TH FEB TO 25TH FEB. 1777.
East (front) side:
TO THIS COVE CAPTAIN COOK
MADE FIVE VISITS WHILE NAVI-
GATING THE GLOBE. ON THIS (BEACH)?
REACH HE ERECTED TENTS FOR
HIS INVALIDED SAILORS AND
FROM THIS STREAM HE WATERED
On the South side:
Haere Mai Ra
E te Manuhiri Taurangi
Na Tahu Potiki Koe I Tiki
Ki te taha o te Rangi
Kukume Mai Ai
Haeri Mai Haeri Mai
(A Maori chant of welcome, being: Come forward
O visitor from afar
By my offspring were you fetched
From the fringe of the skies
(and) impelled hitherward
On the West side:
This tribute to one of the world’s greatest navigators was erected by
voluntary subscriptions subsidised by the Government and largely
aided by the generous efforts of Hon. Robert McNab
and John Moore (an early Marlborough settler). Promotor of the movement.
Unveiled by Lord Liverpool, Governor General, on Feb 11th 1913 in the
presence of a large concourse.
Latitude/Longitude: 41°05’35”S, 174°14’20”E
Cook’s Log, page 679, vol.12, no.3 (1989)
Cook’s Log, page 1111, vol.18, no.1 (1995)
Cook’s Log, page 45, vol.36, no.1 (2013)
Cook’s Log, page 25, vol.36, no.2 (2013)
Cook’s Log, page 34, vol.36, no.4 (2013)
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. Tuesday 30th October 1928. p.12.
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