— Navigator, Explorer, Chartmaker, Scientist, Humanist / 1728 - 1779 —James Cook was born in Yorkshire, England, on October 27, 1728. He was apprenticed to serve on sailing ships built in Whitby, near his birthplace, to carry coal along the English coast. At age 26, he joined the Royal Navy, took part in actions against France and, through his natural flair for mathematics and science, was promoted "King's Surveyor" and given command of vessels performing survey work on the coast of Newfoundland. Chosen as commander to lead an expedition of discovery to the Pacific Ocean, he sailed on his first voyage of exploration (1768-71) to find the continent of Australia as well as to Haiti, New Zealand and New Guinea where he charted coast in waters previously unknown to the Western World. On his return, he was honored by a grateful nation, made a fellow of the Royal Society, and received by the King.
|Series||This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series|
|Placed By||British Petroleum Company|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 3:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||6V E 344056 N 6790681|
|Decimal Degrees||61.21931667, -149.90396667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 61° 13.159', W 149° 54.238'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||61° 13' 9.54" N, 149° 54' 14.28" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 320 L St, Anchorage AK 99501, US|
|Alternative Maps||Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap|
Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.