Cook, James

COOK, James, British naval officer (b 27 Oct 1728, Marton, England; d 14 Feb 1779, Hawaiian Islands). After apprenticing as a sailor with a commercial shipowner, he enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1755. He rose quickly through the ranks and served as master of a gunship during the battle for Louisbourg in 1758. Cook was an accomplished surveyor and took part in the mapping of the St Lawrence R that allowed the British fleet to besiege Quebec in 1759. He later charted the coast of Newfoundland....

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