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Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 to 1859
  Captain Cook's ThirdVoyage 1776-1780

Chart of Sandwich Islands, showing "Owhyee"

A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean: … for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere…in His Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Discovery, in the Years 1776-1780.
Second edition. London: H. Hughs, 1785.


Disappointed, and with winter upon them, Cook decided to spend it in the Hawaiian Islands so that the expedition would be refreshed and would
"be in a condition to return to the North, in farther search of a passage, the ensuing summer."

It was upon their return from the north that they happened upon the last two islands.

"At day-break, next morning, land was seen… We made sail, and stood for it… In the evening, we discovered another island to windward, which the natives call Owhyhee [Hawaii]. The name of that, off which we had been for some days, we were also told, is Mowee [Maui]."


The voyage account is finished by Captain James King, who described how a conflict with the people of Hawaii caused the shooting of a high ranking official of the island, and resulted in the death of James Cook. King wrote a lengthy and respectful description of the people of the islands, and of the land, which augmented those written by Cook of the other islands. After Cook’s death, Captains Charles Clerke and James King made another attempt at the Bering Strait that summer as Cook had planned; a noble effort which claimed Clerke’s life, but they made no further north.


Cook: Page 16 of 16. The third voyage.
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