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Journal of H.M.S. Resolution, 1772-1775 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2784094
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Cook, James, 1728-1779
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description 1772-1775 
473 fol. p. 

This copy is in the hand of Cook's clerk, William Dawson, and the title page records: "Captain James Cook's Voyage from The Year 1772 to July 1775 given to me by Himself, Bristol". (See J. C. Beaglehole ed. "The Journals of Captain James Cook" (1961), II, ccxxii.) This copy was presented to the National Library of Australia by H.M. King George VI to commemorate the proposed visit to Australia in 1952 by H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth and H.R.H. Duke of Edinburgh. The visit was cancelled because of the death of King George VI and the accession of Queen Elizabeth.

Bound photocopy of manuscript journal (transcript) of second expedition to the Pacific in H.M.S. Resolution during which Cook discovered or re-discovered most of the Polynesian Islands and proved that the supposed Southern Continent could not exist north of Latitude 60D N.


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).


Photographic copy.

Manuscript reference no.: MS 1153.

Microfilm copy available at mfm G 13. Positive microfilm from the original manuscript also held.

Original held by National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, U.K.

Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; A599(Rev.1)

Subjects Cook, James, 1728-1779 -- Journeys -- Pacific Ocean.  |  Resolution (Ship)  |  Explorers -- Great Britain.  |  Voyages and travels.  |  Pacific Ocean.  |  Pacific Area -- Discovery and exploration -- English.
Time Coverage 1772-1775 
Occupation Explorers.
Other authors/contributors Dawson, William  |  Bristol, Augustus John Hervey, Earl of


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