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Anchorage in Anchorage Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
 

Captain James Cook

R.N., F.R.S.

 

óNavigator, Explorer, Chartmaker, Scientist, Humanist / 1728 – 1779 ó

 
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By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
1. James Cook Marker
Inscription. James Cook was born in Yorkshire, England, on October 27, 1728. He was apprenticed to serve on sailing ships built in Whitby, near his birthplace, to carry coal along the English coast. At age 26, he joined the Royal Navy, took part in actions against France and, through his natural flair for mathematics and science, was promoted “Kingís Surveyor” and given command of vessels performing survey work on the coast of Newfoundland. Chosen as commander to lead an expedition of discovery to the Pacific Ocean, he sailed on his first voyage of exploration (1768–71) to find the continent of Australia as well as to Haiti, New Zealand and New Guinea where he charted coast in waters previously unknown to the Western World. On his return, he was honored by a grateful nation, made a fellow of the Royal Society, and received by the King.

His second voyage (1772–75) to Antarctica and the South Pacific added the Friendly Isles, New Caledonia, Easter Island, Cook Island and New Georgia to the map.

In 1776, Captain Cook set out on his third voyage, aboard his flagship “Resolution”, to find a north-west passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic. He surveyed the coast of Northwest America and Alaska, but, failing to find the passage to the Atlantic, turned south from the Bering Sea and sailed to the
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By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
2. James Cook Marker
Sandwich Isles where, on the island of Hawaii, he met his death on February 14, 1779.

James Cook, a farm handís son who became a Captain in the Royal Navy and gold medalist of the Royal Society, lives in history is the greatest explorer–navigator the world has known. His real memorial is on the map of the world.

This monument, created by Derek Freeborn after the statue in Whitby, were James Cook began his career as a seaman, was donated by the British Petroleum Company as a contribution to the Bicentennial celebration of the United States of America.
 
Erected 1976 by British Petroleum Company.
 
Location. 61° 13.159′ N, 149° 54.238′ W. Marker is in Anchorage, Alaska, in Anchorage Borough. Marker can be reached from L Street. Touch for map. This marker is attached to the base of a statue of James Cook. The statue and marker are located in Resolution Park. Marker is in this post office area: Anchorage AK 99501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Resolution Park 1776 / 1778 (here, next to this marker); Tsunami! (approx. 2.9 miles away); Turnagain Heights Slide (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Earth Did Quake
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By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
3. Captain James Cook
(approx. 2.9 miles away); Anchorage Aloft! (approx. 2.9 miles away); Measuring the Magnitude of Damage (approx. 2.9 miles away); What is this “Rock Man”? (approx. 3.5 miles away); Raven the Creator (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anchorage.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. James Cook. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 14, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Captain Cook Time-line. Captain Cook Country (Submitted on September 14, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

3. Cook Inlet. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 14, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
Captain James Cook image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
4. Captain James Cook
Entrance to Resolution Park image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
5. Entrance to Resolution Park
Cook Islet image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
6. Cook Islet
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on March 21, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 14, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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