STORY OF CAPTAIN COOK - EPUB

by Robert Strugnell

THE STORY OF CAPTAIN COOK


by John Lang


CONTENTS


CHAPTER I

COOK’S BIRTH AND BOYHOOD

(Extract) “When eight years of age, Cook’s family moved to Great Ayton, a village about five miles from Marton, where his father, had got work as “hind,” or bailiff, to a Mr. Skottowe.”


CHAPTER 2

COOK BECOMES A MAN

(Extract) “After this, in 1759, he joined the Northumberland man-of-war, and during a winter in Halifax he used all his spare time in reading Euclid, and in studying everything that he thought could help him to get on.”


CHAPTER 3

FIRST VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD

(Extract) “None of the natives of Otaheite carried weapons. In their canoes they crowded round the Endeavour, and were ever civil and friendly, and ready to help the white men.”


CHAPTER 4

COOK VISITS NEW ZEALAND

(Extract) “On 30th December they sighted Cape Maria van Diemen, and thereafter ran down the west side of New Zealand. On 13th January 1770 a “peaked mountain. of a prodigious height,” covered with snow, was seen. This Cook named Mount Egmont.”


CHAPTER 5

COOK SAILS THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA

(Extract) “Thereafter, as the Endeavour went north, Cook named many places now well known—Broken Bay, Port Stephens, Cape Hawke, Smoky Cape, Point Danger, and very many others. Everywhere he mentions seeing smoke on shore, and signs of inhabitants.”


CHAPTER 6

STARTS ON HIS SECOND VOYAGE

(Extract) “On 23rd September, about a week after leaving Ulietea, Hervey’s Island was discovered, a beautiful island covered with cocoanut palms, but, so far as could be seen from the ships, without any people. The vessels then sailed through the Friendly Islands group, which Tasman had discovered in 1643.”


CHAPTER 7

COOK IN THE ANTARCTIC ICE

(Extract) “Palmerston Island and Savage Island were now discovered. On landing at Savage Island, Cook and his party were at once attacked by the natives, and Dr. Sparrmann was hit by a stone thrown at him. Muskets were fired, and the natives fled; but it was thought wise for the party to get on board the boats again.”


CHAPTER 8

COOK’S THIRD AND LAST VOYAGE

(Extract) “Cook was left alone on the beach. He turned to walk towards the boat, when a chief ran up and struck him with a heavy club on the back of the head. The captain staggered forward and fell on his hands and knees, dropping his gun. As he struggled to his feet, another native, rushing in, stabbed him in the back of the neck.”

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