Captain James Cook
|Cook's later years|
Retirement... but not for long
However, Cook stayed in the job for little more than a few months. He was soon tempted out of retirement for a third voyage by Lord Sandwich who had long been a great supporter and patron of Cook's (Cook acknowledged his debt to the Earl when he 'discovered' the Hawaiian islands and called them the Sandwich Islands).
We now know that at least seven such passages exist, although until recent years they have only been practicable for ships such as icebreakers and nuclear submarines.
The death of James Cook
George III is said to have wept at the news and Zoffany's huge unfinished canvas, shown here, was only one of a large number of paintings, engravings, plays, poems and commemorative ware to show a national sense of loss at the death of the 'great explorer'.