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A journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's bark the "Endeavour" in a voyage round the world performed in the years 1768-1771 [microform] : book 1 / James Cook
Bib ID 1043118
Format MicroformMicroform, ManuscriptManuscript
Cook, James, 1728-1779
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [London?] : Public Record Office, [19--] 
1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. 

MS copy of journal of Cook's voyage in the Endeavour. The only complete fair copy in existence, this is apparently the copy handed over to the Admiralty at the end of the voyage. It is corrected by Cook throughout. The journal is divided into books, each with a separate title page, and attached to the fly leaves of the first volume are a letter from Bolckow and a note by Wharton. (See J. C. Beaglehole ed. "The Journals of Captain James Cook" I, ccxxiii - iv.)


James Cook was born in 1728 in Yorkshire. Apprenticed to a coal shipper in Whitby he began to learn the skills of sound navigation and accurate charting. In 1755 he joined the Royal Navy and steadily advanced. In North America he took part in the siege of Quebec City, and began coastal surveys of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. In 1768 Cook was promoted to become commander of Endeavour Bark sent to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus. The Admiralty in 'secret instructions' asked Cook to find the mythical southern continent. In 1769 Cook circumnavigated New Zealand, charted its coast and took formal possession for England. On 19 April 1770 Cook sighted another coastline. Sailing north Cook landed at Botany Bay. And charted 5000 miles of coastline with great accuracy. Cook took formal possession of New South Wales for England. In 1772 Cook led a second expedition to confirm the great south land. In 1777, Cook's third voyage explored the Pacific coasts of North America and Siberia. Cook was killed on 14 February 1779 in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).


Title page has note: Log books etc. Supplementary series II. Explorations.

Microform reproduction of original documents held in the Public Records Office, (Adm. 55/40)

Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscriprs relating to Australia ; A596.

Subjects Cook, James, 1728-1779 -- Journeys.  |  Endeavour (Ship)  |  Voyages around the world.  |  Oceania -- Discovery and exploration.
Occupation Explorers.
Other authors/contributors Wharton, W. J. L. (William James Lloyd), Sir, 1843-1905  |  Bolckow, C. J. W


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