Captain Cook's Discipline
This well researched book exposes the soft (or hard) under-belly of Cook’s three journeys to the Pacific with information taken from the logs and journals of the executive officers, warrant officers and midshipmen of the Endeavour and the Resolution. It explores the readings of the Articles of War and the punishments that sometimes accompanied them, as well as the way that Cook maintained discipline aboard his ship. This covers the first two voyages in their entirety and the third voyage up to Cook’s death in 1779. Following this are chapters devoted to how Cook has been seen as a governor of men,starting with how his naval contemporaries saw him and ending with the views of Glyndwr Williams. An epilogue sums up the punishments that were made and places them in the context of Britain and the Royal Navy in the mid-eighteenth century. Anyone with an interest in Captain Cook and his voyages of discovery will find this book fascinating and informative reading.
I served on loan to the Royal Navy during world war II.I gained a master’s degree in history in 1952. I taught at Heretaunga College, Tararua College and Colenso College, Napier 1954-1973. Invalided out of teaching in 1973. Have devoted my self to research into Captain James Cook’s career since the 1980s, resulting in the self-publication of the present book.