C1790

View of Karakakooa Bay in Owhyhee, where Captn. Cook was Killed.

When the Discovery and the Resolution anchored in the waters of Kealakekua Bay, on the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, they were greeted by an enormous number of native Hawaiians. Cook’s journal: &quotAt eleven o’clock in the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

View of Karakakooa Bay in Owhyhee, where Captn. Cook was Killed.

Date:

C1790

Engraver:

E.Scott 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Image Size: 

335mm 
x 198mm
AUTHENTICITY
View of Karakakooa Bay in Owhyhee, where Captn. Cook was Killed. - Antique Print from 1790

Genuine antique
dated:

1790

Description:

When the Discovery and the Resolution anchored in the waters of Kealakekua Bay, on the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, they were greeted by an enormous number of native Hawaiians. Cook’s journal: &quotAt eleven o’clock in the forenoon, we anchored in the bay in thirteen fathoms water, over a sandy bottom, and about a quarter of a mile from the North East shore..The ships continued to be crowded with much natives and were surrounded by a multitude of canoes. I had nowhere, in the course of my voyages, seen so numerous a body of people assembled at one place. For, besides those who had come off to us in canoes, all the shore of the bay was covered with spectators, and many hundreds were swimming round the ships like shoals of fish. We could not but be struck with the singularity of this scene.&quot This remarkable engraving also includes many fascinating details, including the first view of a Hawaiian on a surfboard (lower left), as well as a view of the palm-lined village on shore. Cook’s ships would remain anchored offshore for five weeks while repairs were made to the masts and riggings, and the ships’ stores were replenished. Cook’s Journal – January 17, 1779 From Thomas Bankes ‘A new and authentic system of universal geography, antients and modern including all the late and important discoveries’.

John Webber (1752 - 1793)

Official artist on Cook's third and last voyage. The reasons for the voyage were to return Omai and explore the possibility of a north-west passage along the North American continent. Webber was required to "give a more perfect idea thereof than can be formed by written description." Webber's oeuvre from the voyage was the most comprehensive record of sights in the Pacific region ever produced.

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