The Pacific: Captain Cook’s Voyages

Captain James Cook first set sail to the Pacific in 1768, embarking on what many believe are among the three greatest sea voyages of all time. In the videos below, trace the routes of Cook’s epic expeditions.


Journey 1 – The Endeavour

1768 – 1771

25 Aug 1768            Depart Plymouth, UK
26 Jan 1769             Rounds Cape Horn
13 Apr 1769             Arrive Matavai Bay Tahiti
9 Aug 1769              Depart Tahiti (Raiatea)
9 Oct 1769               Arrive Poverty Bay, New Zealand
31 Mar 1770             Depart New Zealand
19 Apr 1770              Sights Point Hicks, Australia
29 Apr 1770             Arrive Botany Bay
11 Jun 1770               Strikes Great Barrier Reef
22 Aug 1770             Departs Possession Island, Torres Strait
10 Oct 1770              Arrive Batavia
27 Dec 1770              Depart Batavia
13 Jul 1771                Arrive Plymouth, UK

 


Journey 2 – The Resolution

1772 – 1775

13 Jul 1772               Depart Plymouth UK
23 Nov 1772             Depart Cape Town, South Africa
17 Jan 1773              Crosses Antarctic Circle
27 Mar 1773             Arrive Dusky Sound New Zealand
7 Jun 1773                Depart Ships Cove New Zealand
17 Aug 1773              Arrive Tahiti
2 Oct 1773                Arrive Tonga
14 Mar 1774              Arrive Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
8 Apr 1774                Arrive Tahiti
22 Jun 1774              Arrive Niue
27 Jun 1774               Arrive Tonga
2 Jul 1774                  Sights Fiji
22 Jul 1774                Arrive Vanuatu
5 Sep 1774                 Arrive New Caledonia
11 Oct 1774                Arrive Norfolk Island
18 Oct 1774                Arrive New Zealand
29 Dec 1774               Rounds Cape Horn
17 Jan 1775                Arrive South Georgia
30 Jul 1775                Arrives Plymouth UK

 


Journey 3 – The Resolution

1776 – 1779 (Cook’s Death)

12 Jul 1776               Departs Plymouth UK
25 Dec 1776             Arrive Kerguelen Island (Southern Ocean)
26 Jan 1777              Arrive Tasmania, Australia
12 Feb 1777              Arrive in New Zealand
10 June 1777            Arrive Tonga
12 Aug 1777             Arrive Tahiti
24 Dec 1777             Arrive Kiritimati (Christmas Island)
20 Jan 1778             Arrive Hawaii
30 Mar 1778            Arrive Nootka Sound, Canada
1 June 1778              Arrive near Anchorage Alaska US
20 June 1778           Arrive Aleutian Islands, Unalaska US
23 Jul 1778              Enters Bering Sea
10 Aug 1778             Arrive in Siberia
18 Aug 1778             Reaches furthest point North (ice wall)
3 Oct 1778                Arrive Unalaska, Aleutian Islands, Unalaska
17 Jan 1779               Arrive Hawaii
4 Feb 1779                Depart Hawaii
11 Feb 1779               Return to Hawaii
14 Feb 1779               Death of Cook
20 Feb 1779              Cook’s remains secured
21 Feb 1779               Cook buried at sea
30 Sep 1780              Resolution arrives Yarmouth UK