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My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

Captain Cook’s Unfinished Voyage


This year (2016) I intend to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a solo crossing to the Azores, Canary Islands and Cape Verde. This new project is to retrace and research Captain Cook’s Unfinished Voyage.

When the great sailor and explorer was killed in Hawaii on Feb 14 1779 on his third circumnavigation, what happened to his ships and crews? They did not turn tail and sail for England. So what did they do? Where did they go?

No one has explored this – so Kuan Yin and I are going off on a three-year circumnavigation to visit the places and to tell the story of Captain Cook’s unfinished voyage. All being well, Kuan Yin will sail from Labrador as close to July 12 as possible. That’s the day Cook departed Plymouth at the start of his third circumnavigation. In terms of Labrador and the North Atlantic, this should be late enough to avoid the thickest of the sea ice and icebergs, and be early enough to avoid the hurricanes coming up from the Caribbean.

On the circumnavigation itself, I’ll be carry a two-way satellite messenger and be able to communicate with you in 160 character tweets. So hope to hear from you as your year progresses.


6 comments on “Captain Cook’s Unfinished Voyage

  1. Louis Cohen
    January 23, 2016

    Fair winds and safe voyage. There’s a nice statue of Capt. Cook in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island, where he was killed It’s a good snorkeling spot, too.


    • Dennison
      January 24, 2016

      Louis, thank you for this. Are you in Hawaii?


  2. Vernon Cook
    January 27, 2016

    Tried to post statue of Captain Cook in Victoria BC harbour …have many pics and mantras of Quan Yin …. Blessings on your voyage….will be there in spirit and heart all the way ….namaste


  3. Vernon Cook
    February 16, 2016

    Hope to see you in Victoria BC or Nootka Sound BC …nice statues here too …


    • Dennison
      February 18, 2016

      Thank you. You never know where one will end up in Cook’s wake!


    • Dennison
      February 18, 2016

      Could you please tell me what the problem was in posting the photos and I will try to fix it, if I can. Thanks


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This entry was posted on January 22, 2016 by in Captain Cook, Sailing, Uncategorized, Voyages.
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