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James Cook

Marton, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire 1728 - Hawaï 1779
British explorer, navigator and cartographer, famous because of his three voyages to the Pacific Ocean
(Wikipedia)
John Tweed
1912

Whitby /  James Cook   Whitby /  James Cook

Description

Statue of James Cook holding in his hands a rolled chart and a pair of compasses. On the pedestal are two reliefs: at the front a coat of arms with a globe showing the Pacific Ocean, with the motto nil intentatum reliquit and superscribed circa orbem (around the world). On the back side is a relief of the ship Resolution.

Whitby - James Cook
Coat of arms
Whitby - James Cook
The Resolution

The statue was unveiled on 2 October 1912 by Lord Beresford.

Inscription(s)

for
the lasting memory
of a great yorkshire
seaman this bronze
has been cast and is
left in the keeping
of whitby the birth-
place of those good
ships that bore him
on his enterprises
brought him to glory
and left him at rest
THE GIFT OF
GERVASE BECKETT M.P.
THE WORK OF
JOHN TWEED Sculptor

Four plaques were added in 1968, 1970, 1978, and 1984 respectively:
this plaque is to commemorate the men who built
the whitby ships
'ENDEAVOUR', 'RESOLUTION', 'ADVENTURE', 'DISCOVERY'.
used by
Capt. JAMES COOK R.N. F.R.S.
and also the men who sailed with him
on the greatest voyages of exploration of all time
1768 - 1771   1772 - 1775   1776 - 1780
unveiled in the presence of the
high commissioners of australia and new zealand
on 26th august 1968
the bicentenary of his first voyage.
"to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
this plaque
was presented by the people of australia
to the whitby urban district council
to commemorate the bi-centenary of the discovery
of the east coast of australia by
lieutenant james cook, r.n.,
from this discovery emerged a nation.
20th april - 22nd august 1770.
unveiled by
his excellency the high commissioner for australia
the hon. sir alexander downer, k.b.f.
20th april 1970

this plaque
was presented by the people of canada
to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of
CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, R.N., F.R.S.
and was unveiled by the high commissioner for canada
the honourable paul martin, p.c., c.c., q.c.
october, 1978

cette plaque, don du peuple canadien,
en commemoration du 250eme anniversaire de la naissance du
CAPITAINE JAMES COOK, R.N., F.R.S.
fut inauguree par le haut-commissaire du canada,
l'honorable paul martin, c.p., c.c., c.r.
octobre, 1978
this plaque
was presented by the people of new zealand
in tribute to the great navigator
CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, R.N., F.R.S.
and the men who sailed with him
on his voyages of discovery
"in every situation he stood unrivalled and alone:
on him all eyes were turned."
unveiled by the high commissioner for new zealand
the honourable w.l. young
2nd. april 1984

Signature

tweed

Whitby - James Cook

Sculptor

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Location (N 54°29'25" - W 0°36'58")

Item Code: gbyh180; Photograph: 31 July 2019
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