Photographer's Note

In order to discover new lands,
one must be willing to lose sight
of the shore for a very long time.

I suppose this phrase was very true for Captain James Cook...

There are four plaques at the base of this monument of Captain James Cook, each one is different.
They well illustrate his life and achievements, they read:

This plaque was presented by the people of Australia to the Whitby Urban District Council to commemorate the bi-centenary of the discovery of the east coast of Australia by Lieutenant James Cook, R.N. From this discovery emerged a nation.

This plaque was presented by the people of New Zealand. In tribute to the great navigator Captain James Cook R.N. FRS and the men who sailed with him on his voyage of discovery.
"in every situation he stood unrivalled and alone; on him all eyes were turned"

The third plaque was presented by Canada, but I can’t remember who has funded the fourth plaque. I have to check it next time...

These are fragments from wikipedia’s article on the early life of James Cook in the North East England. Links in the text take you to corresponding photos taken by me or emka:
James Cook was born on 27 October 1728 in the village of Marton in Yorkshire and baptised on 3 November in the local church of S. Cuthbert, where his name can be seen in the church register. He was the second of eight children of James Cook, a Scottish farm labourer from Ednam in Roxburghshire. In 1736, his family moved to Great Ayton, where his father's employer paid for him to attend the local school. In 1741, after five years schooling, he began work for his father, who had by now been promoted to farm manager. For leisure, he would climb a nearby hill, Roseberry Topping, enjoying the opportunity for solitude. Cooks' Cottage, his parents' last home, which he is likely to have visited, is now in Melbourne, having been moved from England and reassembled, brick by brick, in 1934.
In 1745, when he was 16, Cook moved 20 miles (32km) to the fishing village of Staithes, to be apprenticed as a shop boy to grocer and haberdasher William Sanderson. Historians have speculated that this is where Cook first felt the lure of the sea while gazing out of the shop window.
After 18 months, not proving suitable for shop work, Cook travelled to the nearby port town of Whitby to be introduced to friends of Sanderson's, John and Henry Walker. The Walkers were prominent local ship-owners and Quakers, and were in the coal trade. Their house is now the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. Cook was taken on as a merchant navy apprentice in their small fleet of vessels, plying coal along the English coast.
His three-year apprenticeship completed, Cook began working on trading ships in the Baltic Sea. After passing his examinations in 1752, he soon progressed through the merchant navy ranks, starting with his promotion in that year to mate aboard the collier brig Friendship. In 1755, within a month of being offered command of this vessel, he volunteered for service in the Royal Navy, when Britain was re-arming for what was to become the Seven Years' War. Despite the need to start back at the bottom of the naval hierarchy, Cook realised his career would advance more quickly in military service and entered the Navy at Wapping on 17 June 1755.

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