Ning blog 1: Captain James CookPresentation Transcript
B. Scott Tucker Captain James Cook
Born: Village of Marton in Yorkshire, son of a Scottish farm labourer. Age 17 taken on as merchant navy apprentice, plying coal on the English Coast. Skills/ Studies obtained: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Navigation, & Astronomy Volunteered for the Royal Navy in 1755, where his skills helped him quickly promote up the ranks. Who is Captain James Cook?
Hired by the Royal Society to observe and record TheTransit of Venus. Landed Tahiti, April 3, 1769 Mapped the New Zealand coastline. April 1769 First recorded observation of indigenous Australians. Returned to England with many new botanical specimens and had his journals published. 1stVoyage (1768-1771)
Cook promoted to Commander, HMS Resolution was his ship he commanded. First to cross the Antarctic Circle 1/17/1773 Landed in Tahiti and returned to England with a native by the name of Omai. Cook had successful employment of the Larcum Kendall K1 Chronometer hat allowed Cook to calculate longitudinal position with greater accuracy.(technology) 2nd Voyage (1772-1775)
First European to Visit the Hawaiian Islands. (January 1778 landed in Kauai.) Purpose of voyage was to discover famed Northwest Passage. (Through the Bering Strait) Mapped the West Coast of The North Americas. Returned to Hawaii, where Cook was killed February 14, 1779. 3rdVoyage (1776-1779)