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Captain Cook's Second Voyage

Created: 18.12.12

In 1772, Captain Cook embarked on his second voyage of exploration, with two ships, the ‘Resolution’ and ‘Adventure’. Despite the success of his first voyage, large parts of the southern ocean remained to be charted, and he proposed circumnavigating the globe from west to east to search for further lands. His voyage took in two cruises at the edge of the Antarctic ice, time in New Zealand, the Society Islands, Tonga and Easter Island, as well as discovering New Caledonia and the South Sandwich Islands. Due to disagreements over accommodation, the naturalist Joseph Banks, who had accompanied the first voyage, pulled out of the second at the last minute. But, Cook was joined by two astronomers appointed by the Board of Longitude, William Wales and William Bayly, to trial chronometers made by Larcum Kendall and John Arnold. The Admiralty also appointed the artist William Hodges to make paintings and drawings recording the voyage.


  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Hodges, William
    1772
    MOD ID 684
    'A View of the Cape of Good Hope, Taken on the Spot, from on Board the 'Resolution', Capt Cooke'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1775
    MOD ID 565
    '[Cascade Cove] Dusky Bay'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    circa 1775
    MOD ID 297
    Waterfall in Dusky Bay with a Maori canoe

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1773-1776
    MOD ID 729
    'View in Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Bay, New Zealand'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1776
    MOD ID 296
    A View of Cape Stephens in Cook's Straits with Waterspout

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    circa 1775
    MOD ID 878
    Waterfall in Dusky Bay with a Maori canoe

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    circa 1775
    MOD ID 566
    A Waterfall in Tahiti

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    August 1773
    MOD ID 44
    [A View of Point Venus and Matavai Bay, looking east]

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    circa 1775
    MOD ID 326
    A Cascade in the Tuauru Valley, Tahiti

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1773
    MOD ID 317
    'View of Owharee [Fare] Harbour, Island of Huaheine [Huahine]'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1776
    MOD ID 1012
    [A] view of Maitavie Bay, [in the island of] Otaheite [Tahiti]

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1773
    MOD ID 268
    'View of Part of the Island of Ulietea [Raiatea]'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1775
    MOD ID 94
    Tahiti, bearing south-east

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1774
    MOD ID 241
    'View of part of Owharre [Fare] Harbour, Island of Huahine'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1774
    MOD ID 61
    'View of Resolution [Vaitahu] Bay in the Marquesas'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1 Feb 1777
    V2
    Monuments in Easter Island

    Plate No.XLIX.

  • Hodges, William
    circa 1776
    MOD ID 486
    'A View of the Monuments of Easter Island [Rapanui]'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    Late 18th century
    OP1987-3
    Tahiti

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    Late 1770s
    MOD ID 408
    'View from Point Venus, Island of Otaheite [Tahiti]'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1777-78
    MOD ID 919
    'A View of the Island of New Caledonia in the South'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    about 1776
    MOD ID 47
    'Landing at Erramanga [Eromanga], one of the New Hebrides'

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Sherwin, John Keyse
    1 Feb 1777
    V2
    The landing at Middleburgh, one of the Friendly Isles

    Plate No.LIV

  • Hodges, William
    circa 1776
    OP1957-3
    Landing at Mallicolo [Malakula], one of the New Hebrides

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1775-76
    OP1957-4
    The Landing at Tanna [Tana], one of the New Hebrides

    Hodges' paintings of the Pacific are vivid records of British exploration. He was appointed by the Admiralty to record the places discovered on Cook's second voyage, undertaken in the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', 1772-75. This was primarily in the form of…

  • Hodges, William
    1 Feb 1777
    PAJ1627
    Possesion Bay on the island of South Georgia

    Print depicting Possesion Bay on the island of South Georgia

  • Unknown
    ROG066
    Movement - K1

    Movement for K1.

  • Kendall, Larcum
    1769
    ROG066
    K1

    A one day marine timekeeper with a 102mm diameter white enamel dial, in imitation of that of H4, with scrolling decoration at the quarters and roman hour numerals and Arabic ten-minute figures. It has polished and blued steel beetle and…

  • Hodges, William
    1774
    PAF5791
    The 'Resolution' in the Marquesas, 1774

    The landscape painter William Hodges, who trained under Richard Wilson, accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage to the South Pacific 1772-75 with a brief to record the places visited. While some of the smaller of his remarkable landscape paintings…

  • Nairne, Edward
    1772
    1950-289
    Dip circle

    Dip circle or dipping needle, made of brass with gold pivots encased in copper. The needle is 12 inches (30.5 cm) long, and the circular scale is graduated quadrantally to 30 minutes. A dip circle measures the vertical component of…

  • Parker, S.
    1969
    A1973-16

    A replica of the tent used as a portable observatory on James Cook's first voyage to the Pacific, a voyage that included the observation of the Transit of Venus of 1769 from Tahiti. This replica was made for a museum…

  • Dance, Nathaniel
    1776
    GH55
    Captain James Cook, 1728-79

    A three-quarter-length portrait of Captain Cook, seated to the left, facing the right. He is wearing captain's full-dress uniform, 1774-87, consisting of a navy blue jacket, white waistcoat with gold braid and gold buttons and white breeches. He wears a…

  • Palmer, William I.
    1777; 1776
    NA.9166
    Chart of discoveries made in the South Pacific Ocean in his majesty's ship Resolution under the command of Captain Cook. 1774.

    Single sheet. Engr. Scale: [ca.1:2 000 000]. Cartographic Note: Graduated, Greenwich meridian. North at 90 degrees. Additional Places: Vanuatu, New Caledonia. Contents Note: Track of Resolution, July to September 1774. Plate III of Cook's Voyage Towards the South Pole, vol…

  • Jukes, Francis
    1787-88
    D 112 R44
    'View of Huaheine, one of the Society Islands in the South Seas'

    This is the third print of four in Cleveley's famous series from Captain James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific. It shows the 'Resolution' and 'Discovery' off Huaheine. According both to the captions on the prints and to the publisher's…

  • Forster, Johann George
    10 March 1777
    NA9166
    A chart of the Southern Hemisphere according to the latest discoveries: with the tracks of the Resolution, Capn Cook: and the Adventure Capn Furneaux from 1772 to 1775

    Circumpolar chart offset approximately twenty five degrees. Tracks of Cook's second voyage. References to Pacific Islands seen by Wallis and Cook.

  • W. Barnett
    MEC1384
    Medal commemorating the 2nd voyage of Captain James Cook, 1772

    Medal commemorating the second voyage of Captain James Cook, 1772. He took a considerable number of these medals with him for distribution amongst the local people. Joseph Banks had 2, 000 medals struck in base metal for this purpose and…

  • Whitchurch, William
    1777
    G263:4/4
    Sketch of Dusky Bay in New Zealand; 1773.

    Single sheet. Engr. Scale: [1:126 720 (1" = 2miles)]. Cartographic Note: Ungraduated. North at 31 degrees. Few soundings. Scale in miles. Contents Note: Inset: Pickersgill Harbour. Plate XIII from Cook's Voyage Towards the South Pole.

  • Ramsden, Jesse
    circa 1780
    1936-465C
    Transit instrument

    This transit instrument has engraved on the central bosss 'Fait par Ramsden pour Dollond London', made by Ramsden for Dollond London. Ramsden married into the famous optical instrument making Dollond family in 1765 when he married John Dollond's youngest daughter,…

  • Elder, James Basire the
    1777
    O'D16
    Captain James Cook. F.R.S

    Print

  • Unknown
    before 1773
    M1958-25
    Kotiate

    A very fine Maori kotiate or hand club. Most examples are made from whalebone, although this particular example is in wood; hardwood such as akeake or rautangi was often used for kotiate. This is a prestigious weapon and personal object,…

  • Hodges, after William
    1774-1797
    OP1961-53
    Landing of Captain Cook at Middleburg, Friendly Islands

    Oil painting. The painting portrays the initial establishment of a contact between peoples of different cultures; the British Navy and the inhabitants of Middleburg in the Friendly Islands. Captain Cook is being taken ashore while his ship moors off the…