Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada : the adventurer and map maker's formative years /
Jerry Lockett.
Halifax : Formac Pub., c2010.
198 p. : ill., port. ; 24 cm.
9780887809200 :
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Halifax : Formac Pub., c2010.
9780887809200 :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Issued also in electronic format.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Dartmouth Book Award, CAN, 2011 : Won
Review Quotes
"This is a book for every resident of the Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador to read and treasure, and a "must-have" volume for any student of marine history."
"...the main features of Cook's work in North American waters are nicely outlined. The writing is clear and direct."
"... a most useful addition to the James Cook literature."
"In this engaging portrait of the explorer as a young man, Lockett focuses on Cook's formative years in Eastern Canada, describing in vivid detail his role in both the Louisbourg and Quebec campaigns, as well as his survey of Newfoundland....The author's intimate knowledge of the history of the region, as well as his meticulous research and accessible style, make this book a compelling read."
Lockett#146;s study is a valuable contribution because he takes as his focus not the #145;captain,#146; but rather the #145;master.#146; ... Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canadaoffers scholarly and popularaudiences a window into Cook's formative years, his experiences in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and his progress from an ambitious merchant seaman to one of the world#146;s most famous explorers.
"On occasion an historical publication will appear that one wishes one had written oneself, and Jerry Lockett's superb study of the Canadian career of James Cook is just such a work...demonstrates with clarity, pragmatic explanation, and unassailable detail the formative character of Cook's relationship with Canada... Lockett's excellent, readable work belongs on the shelf alongside Beaglehole, Robson, and others who have led the way in illuminating the life and achievements of this extraordinary Yorkshire navigator."
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This is an account of how Captain Cook's time in Canada was instrumental to his exploring and military successes. The author 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.
Main Description
The skills, knowledge and experience that took Captain James Cook to the South Seas and around the world seemed to come out of nowhere. In fact, as author Jerry Lockett has discovered, their foundation was laid during the time he spent in Atlantic Canada. His experiences on Canada's east coast and the naval men he met there shaped him to become one of the most successful explorers of all time. Cook arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1758 as a competent but undistinguished warrant officer in Britain's Royal Navy. Over the next nine years he learned the complex skill of navigation and prepared many detailed maps of the coastline and key harbours. He left nine years later with the skills and reputation that made him an obvious choice to lead a voyage of exploration to the far side of the world. In this absorbing and well-researched biography Jerry Lockett tells us of Cook's experiences 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.
Table of Contents
Timelinep. 6
Prefacep. 7
Introductionp. 11
Before the Mastp. 15
The Pestilence of the Seap. 32
Pembrokep. 49
Northumberlandp. 69
Halifax Harbourp. 89
The Great Newfoundland Surveyp. 114
James Cook the Explorerp. 142
Too Many Cooksp. 165
Cook and the Chart Publishersp. 174
Photo Creditsp. 179
Endnotes and Sourcesp. 180
Select Bibliographyp. 192
Indexp. 195
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