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Captain Cook chart of Barrier Reef, North Queensland (c1770).

Captain Cook chart of Barrier Reef, North Queensland (c1770).

by Cook, Captain James

Hand-coloured reproduction of where Cook's Endeavour ran aground on the east coast of Australia in 1770.

Reproduced from a copperplate-engraving of north Queensland coast charted by Captain Cook and engraved by Benard - (First published in London circa 1773.

Cook’s chart of the North Queensland coastline, with uncharted sections where Cook’s Endeavour ran aground when it struck a rock in one of the Hope Islands (actually coral of the Great Barrier Reef of North Queensland). Jettisoning cargo, Cook’s ship was nursed off the reef and north into the Endeavour River for repair, near where Cooktown is today.

Great Britain needed a new Colony for convicts and free settlers, and possible extension of trade opportunities, so Lieutenant James Cook was sent to the southern hemisphere on his three voyages of discovery between 1768 and 1779. Cook was to search for the great southern continent which previous European explorers had surmised must exist.

Small Heritage Vintage Print from a Limited Edition of 750 reproductions. This print has the coastline highlighted by watercolour.
(It is also available as printed, in black and white - under Heritage Prints.)
Page Size: 360 x 400mm (approx. 14 x 15.75 inches) Image Size: 310 x 305mm (12.5 x 12 inches) hite.


Stock Number: HE323cPrice: $75.00