“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic

Captain / Capitaine James Cook


Captain / Capitaine James Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 15, 2014
1. Captain / Capitaine James Cook Marker
Inscription. English
Before the voyages that brought him world fame as Captain Cook, this British Royal Navy officier complied navigational charts for the coasts of Quebec and Nova Scotia. While based in Halifax from 1758 to 1762, he learned triangulation and other valuable skills, which later enabled him to produce the first scientific, large-scale hydrographic survey of the dangerous coast of Newfoundland. His charts were to remain standard for a century. Cook’s masterful work prompted the Admiralty to choose him to lead three voyages to the Pacific, where his superior skills yielded a rich legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge.

Avant les expéditions qui firent sa renommée, cet officier de la marine royale britannique dressa de cartes de navigation pour les côtes du Québec et de la Nouvelle-Écosse. En poste à Halifax de 1758 à 1762, il apprit la triangulation et d’autres habiletés qui l’aidèrent à réaliser la premier levé hydrographique scientifique à grand échelle des côtes périlleuses de Terre-Neuve. Ses cartes firent autorité durant un siècle. Ce travail remarquable incita l’Amirauté à le nommer à la tête de trois voyages d’exploration dans la Pacifique, où ses talents exceptionnels permirent de réaliser de grands avancées pour la science.
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Captain / Capitaine James Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 15, 2014
2. Captain / Capitaine James Cook Marker
The Halifax Exploration Memorial Bell Tower is in the background.
Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Location. 44° 39.939′ N, 63° 36.053′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker can be reached from Union Street just from Kenny Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3276 Union Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Needham Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairview Lawn Cemetery (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); Halifax and RMS Titanic (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); The View from the Citadel / Le panorama vu de la citadelle (approx. 2.6 kilometers away); Halifax Citadel (approx. 2.7 kilometers away); Halifax Waterfront Buildings (approx. 2.8 kilometers away); South African War Monument (approx. 2.9 kilometers away); Province House (approx. 2.9 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Halifax.
More about this marker. The marker is near the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower.
Also see . . .  James Cook, Sailing Master in Halifax, Nova Scotia. James Cook had the distinction of spending at least thirty three months in Halifax, Nova Scotia during his service on the North American station of the Royal Navy from 1758-62.1 No one, not even Cook would know how crucial this sojourn would be as preparation for his subsequent and justly famous voyages of exploration in the Pacific. (Submitted on October 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Exploration
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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