Captain Cook

Captain Cook

Navigator extraordinare who learned seamanship in Whitby

Captain James Cook, R.N was an extraordinary navigator who travelled the oceans from the Pacific, Antarctic and the Arctic. His journeys during the 18th century led to the discovery of many new lands and inevitably saw the colonization by the Europeans of the Antipodes by British people.

Captain Cook was a Yorkshire man, born in Marton-in-Cleveland on October 27, 1728 who learned the skills of seamanship in Whitby. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is now in Whitby and is a popular destination for those spending time in this historic town.