Captain James Cook: His voyages of exploration and the men that accompanied him
Other National Maritime Museum websites covering Cook's voyages:Captain Cook Fact File
Learn more about Cook and his three voyages of exploration.
Search Station: Exploration
Discover more about Cook and maritime exploration and view images from the NMM collection.
Further resources on Cook and the voyages of exploration:
National Library of Australia
Cook & Omai: The Cult of the South Seas
Key figures from Cook's second voyage:J.R. (Johann Reinhold) Forster (1729-1798)
and his son, Johann George Adam Forster (1754-94)
It was following a disagreement with Cook that Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) withdrew his scientific party from the planned second voyage. A search for another natural history team to fill the vacant positions followed. The German scientist J. R. Forster, who had become a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1772, was appointed as the expedition's naturalist. His son, George, was to accompany his father as assistant and artist.
J.R. Forster published his Observations made during a voyage round the world on physical geography, natural history and ethic philosophy in 1778. His son's unofficial account - A Voyage round the world in HMS Resolution, commanded by Capt. J. Cook, during ... 1772-5 - was not subject to the same Admiralty censorship and reached the public prior to J.R. Forster's record. A discussion of the relationship between these two accounts of the voyage can be found in Rod Edmond's article for the Journal for Maritime Research.
The Pitt Rivers Museum holds a collection of some of the objects collected in the South Pacific by the Forsters, during Cook's second voyage.
Richard Pickersgill (1749-1779)
William Wales (c.1734-98)