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Wednesday 4th Nov. 6.30pm. Captain Cooks Merchant Ships: a talk by author, Stephen Baines.

Wednesday 4th November at 6.30pm


A fascinating historical talk about the ships Cook sailed on.

Aboard the Endeavour, Captain Cook’s famous voyages of exploration and discovery in the COOKPacific are well known. But during his career Captain Cook sailed with eight different ships which began their lives as merchant vessels. Using contemporary sources this gripping narrative fills a gap in Cook history and catches the exciting, violent, gossipy but little known period through which these ships sailed between the old world and the new.

Find out who John Evelyn, the diarist, thought was a worse tenant than Admiral Benbow. Why the Marquis of Granby was depicted without a wig and the reason a ship was named Freelove!

Just published, ‘Captain Cook’s Merchant Ships’ is a detailed illustrated history of the ships Cook sailed in. It places them in the personal, political, social and religious context of the times and so provides an intriguing window into the eighteenth century.

Stephen Baines, who has lived in Colchester for many years comes from a family of mariners and has had a long career teaching and researching maritime history.