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Cook's Map of Cook Inlet
CookAlexander Hogg.
Chart of Cooks River in the N.W. part of America.
London: Hogg, c.1785. 230 x 305mm. Narrow top margin. The purpose of Cook's Third Voyage was to discover the North West Passage. Having discovered Hawaii in January 1778 he sailed up the eastern coast of America and passed through the Bering Straits, where he was blocked by the Arctic icewall. He returned to Hawaii in 1779, where he was killed, after which his crew went north for a second attempt to breech the icewall, again failing before returning to England. In Alaska he mapped Cooks Inlet and Prince William Sound, both of which appear on this map. At the head of the inlet is 'R. Turn-again', named by William Bligh of HMS Bounty fame. Cook had sent Bligh, his sailing master, up the river, hoping it was an entrance to the North West Passage. Blight named it in frustration when he realised it was another dead-end,



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