Monument at Captain Cook Historic Site in Corner Brook, Canada

This bronze statue by Luben Boykov is a tribute to Captain James Cook. He is holding a quadrant. This was an essential tool for sea navigation and map surveying. James Cook demonstrated skills as a cartographer early in his career with the British Royal Navy. While aboard the HMS Pembroke in 1758 and 1759, Cook mapped portions of the Saint Lawrence River to aid British attacks of the French territory. After the Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Year’s War in 1763, Cook was assigned to survey Newfoundland. The maps he created during five seasons (1763 -1767) were so accurate they were used by ship captains into the 20th century. Captain Cook achieved historical fame by later surveying Australia, New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands (which he named Sandwich Islands). Cook was killed in 1779 while attempting to kidnap Kalaniʻōpuʻu, the king of Hawai’i.


Cook Historic Site, Mayfair Ave, Corner Brook, NL A2H 6M7, Canada


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