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Title Captain Cook - obsession and discovery. A likely lad / directed by Wain Fimeri, Paul Rudd, and Matthew Thomason ; produced by Raul Rudd
Published Acton, Australian Capital Territory : National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (53 min.)
Series Australasian video online
Summary James Cook journeys from life as a barefoot farm boy to commanding his own ship on one of the British Empire's first great scientific expeditions. Influential patrons help the bright boy to an apprenticeship in the merchant navy that would make him a ships' master. But with an eye for the main chance Cook switches to the Royal Navy. War with France propels him to Canada, where he discovers his life's work. He revolutionises the accuracy of naval mapping and the way the world is recorded. In further adventures, his genius for precision navigation helps Britain win the war and control of North America. Cook's reward is command of the great scientific expedition to the Pacific Ocean and the newly discovered exotic and sexually liberated Tahiti to record the 1769 Transit of Venus. When the observation is complete, Cook opens secret orders and learns he is to solve one of the world's great mysteries. He must find the Great Southern Continent. The real challenge has just begun
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed November 3, 2014)
Previously released as DVD
In English
Subject Cook, James, 1728-1779.
Explorers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Discoveries in geography.
Oceania -- Discovery and exploration.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Thomason, Matthew, director
Fimeri, Wain, director
Rudd, Paul, producer, director