Come Sail Away!. Captain James Cook’s famous “Voyage of Discovery” aboard H.M.B. Endeavour. Click for music, if desired. What’s in a Name?. “H.M.B.” stands for “His Majesty's Bark.”
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Captain James Cook’s famous
“Voyage of Discovery” aboard H.M.B. Endeavour
Click for music, if desired
“to exert oneself to do or affect something; to make an effort; strive” (verb)
“a strenuous effort” (noun)
“A better ship for such service I never would wish for.”
3. To observe and discover new plants and animals (Banks’s idea)
..to go farther than man had gone before!
Link to brief Biography of Captain Cook
Link to Extensive biography of Cook plus more about his voyages (great site!)
…to boldly go where no man has gone before!Not to be confused with…
But the similarity in names is no coincidence! The creator of Star Trek named his hero Captain James Kirk in honor of the famed explorer Captain James Cook. Kirk's famous voice-over at the beginning of the classic TV series explaining the mission of the USS Enterprise: "To explore new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!" is a nod to Cook, who said of his epic voyage, "I had the ambition to not only go farther than man had gone before, but to go as far as it was possible to go."
Of course, you might know him better as played by this guy, in Hollywood’s latest version of Star Trek…
Cuz I’m really handsome!And maybe this guy could play Joseph Banks, the young scientist that sailed with Cook…
Joseph Banks, referred to by Nick as one of the "Gentlemen," was both a naturalist (one who studies nature) and a botanist (one who studies plants).
Many plants and animals found on the journey were named by him and for him. In fact, Carl Linnaeus, the Father of Taxonomy (the science of naming organisms), wanted to name Australia "Banksia"! (Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it…?)
Banks went on more voyages and eventually was put in charge of the Royal Botanic Gardens (aka Kew Gardens) which are just outside of London.
Joseph Banks was considered to be quite the handsome and dashing young man by the ladies of his day. Rumor has it he was what today’s ladies might call a “player”!
He was knighted in 1781. To read more complete biography, try this link: Sir Joseph Banks.
“In October 1769, Captain James Cook and his crew first sighted the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, south of present-day Gisborne. Cook named the prominent headland on the south side of Poverty Bay “Young Nick’s Head,” after the cabin boy Nicholas Young, who was the first to sight land from the Endeavour. “
Compare Cook’s hand-drawn map of New Zealand to this satellite image. Remember, this was before Google Earth and GPS! Cook was able to make this map from his own observations and mathematical calculations. (I told you he had MAD SKILLS!!!)
He also is thought to have had good diplomatic skills, but nevertheless he was a product of a culture that thought itself superior to the indigenous people of the places he visited…
Cook met his death in the Sandwich Isles (now known as Hawaii) during his Third Voyage, at the hands of the people living there. For the full story, click HERE.
The crew of the Endeavour were the first westerners to see a kangaroo. Can you find the part in the book where it is described…?
Members of the Royal Society wanted Cook to observe the transit of Venus to help determine the distance from the sun to the earth and the Royal Navy thought this would be helpful for marine navigation. You can read all about it here: Captain Cook and the Transit of VenusAnd don’t forget the Transit of Venus!
And astronomy -- don’t forget the Transit of Venus!
If you want to learn even more, check out this site: TRANSIT OF VENUS
(Extra Credit to the first student who tells me the next time this rare celestial event will occur..!)
This full-scale replica of Cook’s ship is currently sailing around Australia. For a few thousand dollars, people can sign up to work as sailors – or, for a few thousand dollars more, sail along (without working) as “gentlemen”– on different legs of the journey. (
The spirit of exploration lives on! How fitting that the Space Shuttle Endeavour was named in honor of Cook’s ship?
She completed 25 space missions before her retirement in June, 2011. She will be exhibited at The California Science Center in Los Angeles
To learn more about Endeavour and the other space shuttles, check out NASA’s “Shuttle Experience” HERE.
Did you know I once flew on the Endeavour? Actually, it was just on this simulated shuttle when I was at Space Camp… but still fun, without that whole risking-your-life component! (And yes, I managed to crash it THREE times!)
Meanwhile, I am very happy to embark on a journey with you, full of our own
Be ready to “exert yourself, make an effort, and strive” – in other words, to ENDEAVOUR!
All hands on deck!
Full speed ahead to a great year in science!!!