ANTARCTIC TRADE CARDS - Originally Series 2
Captain James Cook.
091. CAPTAIN JAMES COOK. Issued by Birds Eye Foods Ltd. (1978). Card number 10 from a set of 30 cards entitled "Wonders of the Seven Seas". Size: Ca. 2.75" x 1.5"
Recto: Portrait of Cook in naval uniform.
Verso: Cap'n Birds Eye's | Wonders of the Seven Seas | Card No. 10 | CAPTAIN COOK | (1728-1779) | James Cook led two great scientific expeditions to the southern hemisphere, and changed the face of the Pacific from a virtual blank to the map we know today.
On his first voyage he charted both islands of New Zealand, and reached Australia in April 1770. On his second voyage he became the first navigator to penetrate the Antarctic Circle (1773) and complete an east-west circumnavigation in such southerly waters.
His last voyage, begun in 1776, was an unsuccessful attempt to find the North-West passage. He was killed by natives in Hawaii on his way home in 1779.
Note: Image and information courtesy of Evan Jones, Wiltshire, England.
Note: Only Cook cards mentioning Antarctica are included.