Ships & Crews
Whitby-built ships were used on all the voyages. The vessels had large
holds for storing the massive amounts of supplies needed for a long voyage
and were flat-bottomed so that they could be beached for repairs.
Omai: The Noble Savage
In 1774 Omai, of the island of Huahine near Tahiti, became the first South
Sea islander seen in Britain. He became the darling of society until he
returned home in 1776.
Charts & Maps
Cook accurately surveyed and charted many areas in the Pacific for the
first time, providing successive travellers with reliable navigational
Landscape & Buildings
Many of the locations visited by Cook were extremely beautiful and awe-inspiring.
The artists on the voyages recorded both the natural and man-made environments.
Flora & Fauna
Thousands of newly-discovered plants and animals were recorded and specimens
collected for study back in Britain.
Transit of Venus
In 1768 Cook led an expedition to Tahiti to observe the Transit of Venus
across the face of the sun. He reported his findings to the Royal Society
on his return.
Many artefacts made and used by native peoples, from jewellery to boats,
clothing to weapons, were recorded and examples collected to be taken
back to Britain.
Usually the first contact made with the native people of a land was when
they paddled or sailed out in their small boats or canoes to meet the
People & Activities
Cook and his crew recorded in great detail the people of the areas that
they visited - their appearance, dress, language, customs, beliefs and