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Captain Cook's Journal During the First Voyage Rou

James Cook

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .East. A.M. Shifted the Mainsail, Mizen, Fore, and Main topsail. Wind, South-South-West, South-West, West by North; course North 46 degrees West; distance 86 miles; latitude 48 degrees 27 minutes South, longitude 92 degrees 5 minutes West.

Thursday, 16th. The first part of this day had fresh Gales and Cloudy; in the night thick hazey weather with heavy squalls of wind and rain, which obliged us to close-reef our Topsails. In the morning and all the forenoon had strong gales and cloudy weather, and very heavy Seas from the South-South-West, one of which broke upon the Quarter and carried away the Driver Boom. Wind North-West, West, and South; course North 74 degrees West; distance 97 miles; latitude 48 degrees 0 minutes South, longitude 94 degrees 25 minutes West.

Friday, 17th. Strong Gales and Cloudy the most part of this day. Split the Maintopsail and unbent it, and bent another. Wind South-South-West; course North-West by West 1/2 West; distance 132 mi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Long but very interesting!

Clearly Cook's Journal was the model for the Star Trek adventures with Captain Kirk. It's all there - the landing parties with the doctor, scientific reporting, encounters and trade with unknown cultures, discovery of Botany Bay, spreading gonorrhea (well maybe not that), and rivalry with the har...more

Parts of these journals were quite fascinating - the encounters with various native tribes and peoples were the best parts - however much of it is the humdrum of the day to day - weather, longitude, latitude, distance travelled, depth of water etc and really is a slog to go through. Having said t...more

I read this book for research in a book that I was writing. What an amazing tale.

Hard to get thru in parts, due to all Cook's notes on tides, winds, and location. Other sections were immensely entertaining,(i.e. when he explores Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia), especially when one considers all the logistics of this voyage. Three years circumnavigating the world, exploring ar...more

Useful sections for a pirates and explorers topic - 4*

Scanned this for useful journal entries for my 'Land Ahoy' topic.
I learnt a lot about Captain Cook's life; personally, I found this interesting because he is from the same area as I am.

Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast.
Read for personal research
- found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs.

After reading Lt. William Bligh's recounting of his later voyages to the Pacific, and the resulting Mutiny on the Bounty, I took an interest in reading about Captain James Cook's first voyage. It was interesting to see how one expedition literally made preparations from island to island for exped...more