Captain Cook

Author: Vanessa Collingridge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144811716X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 2087

A uniquely woven story encompassing three separate centuries and three different lives. Captain Cook, best known for his heroic voyages through the Pacific Ocean, is brought to life in vivid detail. We follow his humble beginnings as the son of a farm labourer, through his convention-shattering treatment of the indigenous groups he met on his travels, and then onto his final tragic voyage which signalled the end of his revered reputation. One hundred years on from the death of Cook, another great man, George Collingridge begins his own adventure. He, like Cook was oblivious to the implications his journey would have. Along the way he unfolds ancient maps, secret tales and unearths hidden lands and buried treasure. He is also said to have realised that it was not Cook who discovered Australia - it was the Portugese. This firm belief was the eventual cause of his self-destruction. Another hundred years later Vanessa Collingridge, is searching for books on her lifelong hero Captain Cook in a university library. She discovers the name of a distant cousin, George Collingridge, in a dusty card index. And so a new journey of discovery begins - in the footsteps of her hero and his nemesis.

Literature Connections to World History, K-6

Resources to Enhance and Entice

Author: Lynda G. Adamson

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781563085048

Category: Education

Page: 326

View: 8782

Provides annotated entries for historical fiction titles, biographies, and multimedia items

Time Restored

The Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything

Author: Jonathan Betts

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 019162084X

Category: Science

Page: 484

View: 5488

This is the story of Rupert T. Gould (1890-1948), the polymath and horologist. A remarkable man, Lt Cmdr Gould made important contributions in an extraordinary range of subject areas throughout his relatively short and dramatically troubled life. From antique clocks to scientific mysteries, from typewriters to the first systematic study of the Loch Ness Monster, Gould studied and published on them all. With the title The Stargazer, Gould was an early broadcaster on the BBC's Children's Hour when, with his encyclopaedic knowledge, he became known as The Man Who Knew Everything. Not surprisingly, he was also part of that elite group on BBC radio who formed The Brains Trust, giving on-the-spot answers to all manner of wide ranging and difficult questions. With his wide learning and photographic memory, Gould awed a national audience, becoming one of the era's radio celebrities. During the 1920s Gould restored the complex and highly significant marine timekeepers constructed by John Harrison (1693-1776), and wrote the unsurpassed classic, The Marine Chronometer, its History and Development. Today he is virtually unknown, his horological contributions scarcely mentioned in Dava Sobel's bestseller Longitude. The TV version of Longitude, in which Jeremy Irons played Rupert Gould, did at least introduce Gould's name to a wider public. Gould suffered terrible bouts of depression, resulting in a number of nervous breakdowns. These, coupled with his obsessive and pedantic nature, led to a scandalously-reported separation from his wife and cost him his family, his home, his job, and his closest friends. In this first-ever biography of Rupert Gould, Jonathan Betts, the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Senior Horologist, has given us a compelling account of a talented but flawed individual. Using hitherto unknown personal journals, the family's extensive collection of photographs, and the polymath's surviving records and notes, Betts tells the story of how Gould's early life, his naval career, and his celebrity status came together as this talented Englishman restored part of Britain's - and the world's - most important technical heritage: John Harrison's marine timekeepers.

Great Lives

As heard on Radio 4

Author: Karen Farrington

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446417379

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 2030

Based on the popular Radio 4 series, Great Lives highlights some of the world's most fascinating and influential characters. Chosen by the show's guests, each biography reveals the life and times of artists, sportsmen, statesmen, authors, monarchs, actors, musicians and scientists, showing why they inspire, what they achieved and how they have influenced the world at large. Discover the intriguing lives of Clement Attlee and Henri Matisse, King Alfred and Samuel Johnson, Tommy Cooper and Robert Kennedy, Robin Day and Edith Wharton, along with many more. From the famous to the obscure, the historical to the contemporary, each biography provides an insight into the character's personality, why they were driven to achieve so much, and separates fact from fiction. With a foreword by the show's presenter, Matthew Parris, Great Lives is an ideal gift for history and biography enthusiasts, and for fans of the Radio 4 series.

Captain Cook's Australian Landfalls

Author: William Douglass Forsyth

Publisher: N.A


Category: Australia

Page: 26

View: 2901

"The purpose of this booklet is to recall the arrival of the first Europeans on the east coast of Australia in HMS "Endeavour" in April, 1770, and their discoveries on and off the coast from Gippsland, Victoria, to Cape York, Queensland ... "

Great Lives (Vol-Ii)

Author: Ajay Kumar Kothari

Publisher: Pustak Mahal

ISBN: 812230530X


Page: 96

View: 357

The World famous 101 Great Lives, Vol.2 is one of the more important volumes in this series of 24 books. This revised edition looks at the lives of 101 successful men & women in their respective fields. the book covers: *Social Reformers: Nana Saheb Karve & Kabir *Revolutionaries: Vir Savarkar & Rasbehari Bose *Statesmen: Disraeli & Bismarck *Scientists: Madam Curie & Dr. M.S. Swaminathan *Artists & Scholars: Birju Maharaj, Allauddin Khan, Venkatesh Aiyyer, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee & Amrita Pritam *Heads of States:Charles De Gaulle & Anwar Sadat *Sport Stars: Martina Navaratilova & P.K. Banerjee. Infact, these mini-biographies present the life and times of 101 famous personalities in a nutshell.

Die Jagd auf die Venus

und die Vermessung des Sonnensystems

Author: Andrea Wulf

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783570100950


Page: 412

View: 2763

Captain Cook

Master of the Seas

Author: Frank McLynn

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300114214

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 490

View: 7824

The best-selling author of Marcus Aurelius: A Life offers a new view of Captain James Cook and vividly recreates his voyages into the heart of the Pacific.

The Death of Captain Cook

A Hero Made and Unmade

Author: Glyndwr Williams

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674031944

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 197

View: 9275

Argues that the British Admiralty covered up details of explorer James Cook's death on a Hawaiian beach and facets of his personality in order to create a portrait of a hero.

Over 300 Great Lives

Author: Mahal Pustak

Publisher: Pustak Mahal

ISBN: 8122302734


Page: 215

View: 1139

This revised fascinating edition looks at the lives of over 300 successful men & women in their respective fields - providing inspiration for others to follow their examples.

Captain Cook

The Great Ocean Explorer

Author: Haydn Middleton

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 3663

A brief biography of the British navigator and explorer whose three famous voyages resulted in the accurate mapping of much of the South Pacific.

Captain Cook

Author: Rebecca Levene,David Cuzik

Publisher: Usborne Books

ISBN: 9780746064252

Category: Explorers

Page: 64

View: 5083

Vivid account of the extraordinary life of the explorer, Captain Cook. Lively narrative text, colourful illustrations and photographs bring the subject alive. Includes detailed maps of each of Cook's three incredible voyages, along with a chronology of his life. Internet links to recommended websites to find out more about Captain Cook's life and discoveries. Part of Young Reading Series 3 for fully confident readers.

Farther Than Any Man

The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook

Author: Martin Dugard

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743436393

Category: Travel

Page: 304

View: 6334

James Cook never laid eyes on the sea until he was in his teens. He then began an extraordinary rise from farmboy outsider to the hallowed rank of captain of the Royal Navy, leading three historic journeys that would forever link his name with fearless exploration (and inspire pop-culture heroes like Captain Hook and Captain James T. Kirk). In Farther Than Any Man, noted modern-day adventurer Martin Dugard strips away the myth of Cook and instead portrays a complex, conflicted man of tremendous ambition (at times to a fault), intellect (though Cook was routinely underestimated) and sheer hardheadedness. When Great Britain announced a major circumnavigation in 1768 -- a mission cloaked in science, but aimed at the pursuit of world power -- it came as a political surprise that James Cook was given command. Cook's surveying skills had contributed to the British victory over France in the Seven Years' War in 1763, but no commoner had ever commanded a Royal Navy vessel. Endeavor's stunning three-year journey changed the face of modern exploration, charting the vast Pacific waters, the eastern coasts of New Zealand and Australia, and making landfall in Tahiti, Tierra del Fuego, and Rio de Janeiro. After returning home a hero, Cook yearned to get back to sea. He soon took control of the Resolution and returned to his beloved Pacific, in search of the elusive Southern Continent. It was on this trip that Cook's taste for power became an obsession, and his legendary kindness to island natives became an expectation of worship -- traits that would lead him first to greatness, then to catastrophe. Full of action, lush description, and fascinating historical characters like King George III and Master William Bligh, Dugard's gripping account of the life and gruesome demise of Capt. James Cook is a thrilling story of a discoverer hell-bent on traveling farther than any man.

Blue Latitudes

Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

Author: Tony Horwitz

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9781429969574

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

View: 5748

In an exhilarating tale of historic adventure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confederates in the Attic retraces the voyages of Captain James Cook, the Yorkshire farm boy who drew the map of the modern world Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the 18th century were the last great voyages of discovery. His ships sailed 150,000 miles, from the Artic to the Antarctic, from Tasmania to Oregon, from Easter Island to Siberia. When Cook set off for the Pacific in 1768, a third of the globe remained blank. By the time he died in Hawaii in 1779, the map of the world was substantially complete. Tony Horwitz vividly recounts Cook's voyages and the exotic scenes the captain encountered: tropical orgies, taboo rituals, cannibal feasts, human sacrifice. He also relives Cook's adventures by following in the captain's wake to places such as Tahiti, Savage Island, and the Great Barrier Reef to discover Cook's embattled legacy in the present day. Signing on as a working crewman aboard a replica of Cook's vessel, Horwitz experiences the thrill and terror of sailing a tall ship. He also explores Cook the man: an impoverished farmboy who broke through the barriers of his class and time to become the greatest navigator in British history. By turns harrowing and hilarious, insightful and entertaining, BLUE LATITUDES brings to life a man whose voyages helped create the 'global village' we know today.

Captain Cook

His Life, Voyages and Discoveries (1871)

Author: William H. G. Kingston

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3845711957

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

View: 6052

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) war ein bekannter britischer Seefahrer und Entdecker, der vor allem durch seine Reisen durch den Pazifischen Ozean berühmt wurde. Auf seinen Fahrten entdeckte er zahlreiche Inseln, die er vermaß und kartonierte. William H. G. Kingston erzählt in dem vorliegenden Buch auf sehr spannende Art und Weise das Leben des Capitains Cook und geht im Besonderen auf die drei großen Entdeckungsreisen in den Jahren 1768 bis 1780 ein.