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Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada: The Adventurer and Map Maker's Formative Years

Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada: The Adventurer and Map Maker's Formative Years    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-88780-920-0
Pages 198
Language English only
Price $29.95
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Written by Jerry Lockett.
Published by Formac Publishing Company Limited, 2010.


An absorbing account of the famous Captain James Cook and the formative years he spent learning navigation, map-making and naval command during turbulent years in Atlantic Canada.

In 1758 the young James Cook arrived in Nova Scotia as a competent, if undistinguished warrant officer in Britain's Royal Navy. By the time he left the shores of eastern Canada nine years later he had acquired the skills and a reputation that made him an obvious choice to lead a voyage of exploration to the far side of the world.

How did this man of humble origin, who received hardly any formal education, learn his craft? The skills, knowledge and experience that took Captain James Cook to the South Seas and around the world seemed to come out of nowhere, but as author Jerry Lockett discovered, their foundation was laid during the time he spent in Atlantic Canada. Cook witnessed the devastating effects of scurvy, perfected his navigation and seamanship and mastered the arts of surveying, hydrography and cartography. During long winters in Halifax he taught himself mathematics and astronomy. He finally proved his mastery with a survey of the west coast of Newfoundland — a survey of such high quality that it set the standard for all who followed.

In this fascinating and well-researched biography Jerry Lockett tells us of Cook's experiences in Atlantic Canada as a young man and of the influential men who became his mentors and patrons. He also describes Cook's role in the key British military actions at Louisbourg and Quebec which brought an effective end to the French regime in North America.

About the author: Jerry Lockett is a writer and editor. A two-time Atlantic Journalism Awards finalist, his work has appeared in New Scientist, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Geographical Magazine, Equinox, Cruising World and other publications. An experienced sailor and yachtmaster, he spent five years as a charter yacht captain in the Caribbean and now lives and sails in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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