Captain Cook's Final Voyage: The Untold Story from the Journals of James Burney and Henry Roberts


Huge Savings Item! Save 11% on the Captain Cook's Final Voyage: The Untold Story from the Journals of James Burney and Henry Roberts by Washington State Univ Pr at SADC Network. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Maritime historian and researcher James K. Barnett transcribed two extraordinary but little-known journals from Captain James Cook’s third exploratory voyage. Two young officers offer remarkable eyewitness accounts at the time of initial European contact, the first reasonably accurate maps of North America’s west coast, the earliest comprehensive report from the Bering Sea ice pack, and the dramatic story of Cook’s death at Kealakekua Bay. Particularly astonishing for accounts of landings


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Maritime historian and researcher James K. Barnett transcribed two extraordinary but little-known journals from Captain James Cook’s third exploratory voyage. Two young officers offer remarkable eyewitness accounts at the time of initial European contact, the first reasonably accurate maps of North America’s west coast, the earliest comprehensive report from the Bering Sea ice pack, and the dramatic story of Cook’s death at Kealakekua Bay. Particularly astonishing for accounts of landings along Hawai'i, Vancouver Island, and Alaska, both chronicles languished in Australian archives for over a century. Barnett adds context and commentary to complete the story. Commissioned by the British Admiralty, Cook set sail in July 1776 to confirm the outline of North America’s Pacific coastline and to search for the elusive Northwest Passage. The expedition’s two modest sailing ships, the Resolution and the Discovery, traveled to the South Seas, then chanced upon the Hawaiian Islands before reaching the Oregon coastline and the Arctic. Fatefully, the captain chose to winter in the Hawaiian archipelago, where he died in a skirmish. The crews made a second unsuccessful attempt to find the coveted route, then returned to England after more than four years at sea. James Burney was first lieutenant for the commander of the Discovery, Charles Clerke. He was active in shore parties, prepared numerous charts, and saw Cook’s death from the ship’s deck. One of the few accounts from the consort vessel, his writing provides new details and important, thoughtful impressions of North and South Pacific people and places. Working under the notorious William Bligh, Henry Roberts was Master's Mate on the Resolution, performing essential hydrographic and cartographic tasks for the captain. He was a few feet away when Cook was killed. His well-illustrated logbook includes coordinates, tables of routes, and records of weather at sea, but also lively accounts of shore excursions. Illustrations include the officers’ maps and drawings, as well as lavish images drawn by the expedition’s official artist, John Webber.

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Manufacturer:
Washington State Univ Pr
Category:
Polar Regions
EAN:
9780874223576
ISBN:
0874223571
Publisher:
Washington State Univ Pr
Creator:
Array
Publication Date:
2018-01-15
Binding:
Paperback
Item Weight:
1.75 pounds
Item Size:
0.8 x 9.9 x 6.8 inches
Package Weight:
1.95 pounds
Package Size:
7 x 0.8 x 10 inches

 


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