Document: Captain Cook’s Passing Certificate

By courtesy of Andrew C.F. David, published August 1999


J.C. Beaglehole, in his exhaustive biography of Captain James Cook, failed to mention that Cook was required to take the examination for lieutenant before being appointed to command the Endeavour. He was appointed on 25 May 1768 and thus his seniority as a lieutenant dates from that day, as demonstrated by the reproduced document.

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