C1777

Christmas Sound on the S.W. Coast of Terra del Fuego.

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. Map of Christmas Sound which Cook entered on his second voyage, staying from 20 – 28 December, 1774. Cook followed the coast of Tierra … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Christmas Sound on the S.W. Coast of Terra del Fuego.

Date:

C1777

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 240mm
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Christmas Sound on the S.W. Coast of Terra del Fuego. - Antique Map from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

Description:

Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty
sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage.

Map of Christmas Sound which Cook entered on his second voyage, staying from 20 – 28 December, 1774.

Cook followed the coast of Tierra del Fuego (Chile) at the end of December 1774 making for Cape Horn. The coast comprised of hundreds of small islands, some of which were charted and named but many were not. The Resolution was kept at a safe distance from the shore and soon passed the Grafton Islands, Noir Island, Tower Rocks and the Gilbert Islands (named after the Master). On the 19th they passed a large inlet, which is now called Cook Bay. Cook needed provisions and to check the state of the Resolution, so he found an inlet suitable for this purpose on the 20th. They stayed there for eight days over Christmas, which earned the inlet the name Christmas Sound. 

References; Beddie 1336-7, p.252

From Cook’s, A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty’s Ships the ‘Resolution’ and ‘Adventure’, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775.

James Cook (1728 - 1779)

Cook was the most important navigator of the Age of Enlightenment, a period that saw the mystery of the Southland resolved, the discovery of New Zealand, Hawaii, numerous Pacific Islands and confirmation that a Northwest Passage did not exist. Cook was born in Yorkshire, England, the son of a Scottish labourer and apprenticeship for three years under John Walker, a Quaker coal-shipper of Whitby. In 1755 Walker offered him a command, but instead Cook joined HMS Eagle and within a month was master's mate. After two years on the Channel service, he was promoted master of the Pembroke, and in 1758 crossed the Atlantic in her and took part in the siege of Louisburg and the survey of the St Lawrence River that led to the capture of Quebec. Returning to England in 1762 he married Elizabeth Batts (1742-1832?) of Shadwell, whom he was to rarely see in the ensuing years at sea. Cook then famously commanded three voyages that ended with his death on the island of Hawaii on 14 February 1779.

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