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Captain Cook By Alan Villiers

Captain Cook

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This volume explores Captain Cook's monumental achievements as an explorer as well as a seaman of inspired efficiency and enterprise, pioneering trade routes, and dispelling the cloud of the unknown for seamen of all time. His third voyage, in HMS Resolution, bore him to a violent death in Hawaii.
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Captain Cook: The Seaman's Seaman by Alan Villiers

The most important explorer of his day, Captain James Cook's coat of arms carries the motto: "He left nothing unattempted". During three major voyages, first in HMS "Endeavour" and subsequently in HMS "Resolution", Cook added many new places to the world map, including the islands of Hawaii. He charted the coast of New Zealand, and the east coast of Australia, conducted important astronomical observations, witnessing the transit of Venus from Tahiti, and began the search for a north-west passage from the Pacific side. But perhaps Cook's achievement as a seaman is greater than his achievement as a discoverer. With huge energy and enterprise, he pioneered trade routes and skilfully mapped the seas, thus dispelling the cloud of the unknown for his fellow seamen. Alan Villiers's biography reveals the many talents and qualities of the young man who began work on the "coal cats" of the North Sea trade and went on to become the greatest Pacific explorer of all time.

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About Alan Villiers

Born in 1903, Alan Villiers was a prolific author, writing dozens of books, mainly on maritime subjects.

Table of Contents

A Whitby seaman; Master, R.N.; misnamed Pacific; the literary discoverers; a coal "cat" sails for Cape Horn; with Stuns'ls set; a seaman in the South Pacific; on the Barrier Reef; Mr Banks is back from his voyage; icy circumnavigation; among the ice and the islands; north-west passage; death in Hawaii; the engima of Captain Cook.

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Captain Cook: The Seaman's Seaman by Alan Villiers
Alan Villiers
Penguin Classics S.
Used - Very Good
Penguin Books Ltd
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