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The Journals of Captain Cook by James R.…

The Journals of Captain Cook

by James R. Cook

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Extracted from both his journals, kept as required by Royal Naval law, and his logs, both surrendered to their Lordships at the Admiralty on conclusion of the trip; this accounts reflect the bluntly honest man in his heroic ventures. Coming ‘up through the hawsepipe’ – starting as a hand on a coastal collier - to become a Naval Captain indicates the strength of that character, what surprises is his lack of the prejudices of his time.

His many trips of exploration around the oceans obviously broadened his horizons well beyond his time. And his sheer ability – particularly in mapping and charting those seas induced the Navy to give him commands above his supposed "station in life’’.

Some of the Endeavor's charts remain in use in this century – a fitting tribute to this meticulous man and his work.'
1 vote John_Vaughan | May 1, 2011 |
Oh, Captain Cook, you are the closest thing we have to a real-life Captain Picard, and you have such material, and yet you are so very, very limited. Homo oeconomicus, bah. But I am an aesthete, maybe even a synaesthete, and your constant logbook irrelevances about wind and sails do make me squint and taste salt, and the idea of the endless sea and the endless strand and the brown people in their canoes, future friends and foes, makes my soul rise and swell and spread till it astrally envelops this sorry bone-cage and whisks it back to when the world was new. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140436472, Paperback)

Cook led three famous expeditions to the Pacific Ocean between 1768 and 1779. In voyages that ranged from the Antarctic circle to the Arctic Sea, Cook charted Australia and the whole coast of New Zealand, and brought back detailed descriptions of the natural history of the Pacific. Accounts based on Cook's journals were issued at the time, but it was not until this century that the original journals were published in Beaglehole's definitive edition. "The Journals" tells the story of these voyages as Cook wanted it to be told, radiating the ambition, courage and skill which enabled him to carry out an unrivalled series of expeditions in dangerous waters.

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"Captain Cook's Journals provide his vivid first-hand account of three extraordinary expeditions. These charted the entire coast of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia, and brought back detailed descriptions of Tahiti, Tonga and a host of, until then, unknown islands in the Pacific. The journals amply reveal the determination, courage and skill which enabled Cook to wrestle with the continuous dangers of uncharted seas and the problems of achieving a relationship with the peoples whose unannounced guest he became."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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