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Captain Cook’s Monument

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Captain Cook’s Monument was erected in 1827 by Robert Campion (a Whitby banker), it is an obelisk 60 ft (18 m) high in memory of the great British explorer and bears a plaque inscribed: ”In memory of the celebrated circumnavigator Captain James Cook F.R.S. A man of nautical knowledge inferior to none, in zeal prudence and energy, superior to most. Regardless of danger he opened an intercourse with the Friendly Isles and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere. He was born at Marton October 27th 1728 and massacred at Owythee February 14th 1779 to the inexpressible grief of his countrymen. While the art of navigation shall be cultivated among men, whilst the spirit of enterprise, commerce and philanthropy shall animate the sons of Britain, while it shall be deemed the honour of a Christian Nation to spread civilisation and the blessings of the Christian faith among pagan and savage tribes, so long will the name of Captain Cook stand out amongst the most celebrated and most admired benefactors of the human race.” A great monument to a great man.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

1 comment to Captain Cook’s Monument

  • Norman Jackson

    Very interesting information re Captain Cook. I am of the view that he left Whitby to sail to the southern hemisphere and was instrumental in the colonisation of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia.

    A television documentary of his departure from Whitby showed, briefly, the names of those who sailed with him. How can I obtain this list (via the internet) as I recall seeing the name JACKSON as a member of the crew on the documentary.

    Any guidance will be most appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Norman Jackson.
    Western Australia

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