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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
    bhc1778
    'A View of the Cape of Good Hope, Taken on the Spot, from on Board the 'Resolution', Capt Cooke'

    (Updated, August 2018) 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…

  • Hodges, William
    1775
    bhc2371
    '[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
    1773-1776
    bhc2370
    '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
    circa 1775
    bhc1907
    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
    bhc1908
    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
    1776
    bhc1906
    '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
    bhc2372
    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
    1776
    bhc1932
    '[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
    August 1773
    bhc1937
    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
    bhc2373
    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
    bhc2375
    '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
    1773
    bhc1840
    '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
    1775
    bhc1935
    General view of the Island of Otaheite [Tahiti, from the south-east]

    (Updated, August 2018) 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…

  • Hodges, William
    1774
    bhc2418
    '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
    bhc2419
    '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
    circa 1776
    bhc1795
    '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…

  • Wollet, William
    1 Feb 1777
    pw6432
    Monuments in Easter Island

    Plate No.XLIX.

  • Hodges, William
    Late 1770s
    bhc1938
    '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
    Late 18th century
    bhc4229
    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
    1777-1778
    bhc2377
    '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
    circa 1776
    bhc1903
    'The 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…

  • Hodges, William
    circa 1776
    bhc1904
    'The 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
    1775-1776
    bhc1905
    '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…

  • Sherwin, John Keyse
    1 Feb 1777
    pw6430
    The landing at Middleburgh, one of the Friendly Isles

    Plate No.LIV

  • Cadell, Thomas
    1 Feb 1777
    rs4580
    Possesion Bay on the island of South Georgia

    Print depicting Possesion Bay on the island of South Georgia

  • Kendall, Larcum
    1769
    l5441
    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…

  • Unknown
    Unknown
    c9303_4
    Movement - K1

    Movement for K1.

  • Nairne, Edward
    1772
    e0394
    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…

  • Hodges, William
    1774
    pw5791
    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…

  • Dance, Nathaniel
    1776
    bhc2628
    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…

  • the Younger, John Cleveley,
    1787-1788
    pz0470
    'The View of Huaheine, one of the Society Islands in the South Seas'

    This is the third print of four in Cleveley's well-known series from Captain James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific. It shows the 'Resolution' and 'Discovery' off Huaheine. Among the details, either one or both of the conical structures ashore…

  • Palmer, William I.
    1777; 1776
    f0295
    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…

  • Forster, Johann George
    10 March 1777
    l0198
    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
    e3604-1
    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 among the local people. Joseph Banks had 2, 000 medals struck in base metal for this purpose and…

  • Whitchurch, William
    1777
    f0045
    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
    f5588-001
    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
    pu2892
    Captain James Cook. F.R.S

    Print

  • Unknown
    Before 1773
    d9514
    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
    bhc1802
    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…