Captain James Cook Statue
Captain James Cook was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the British Royal Navy, famous for his three voyages between 1768 and 1779 in the Pacific Ocean and to Australia in particular. The Captain Cook statue commemorates the explorer and navigator, Captain James Cook (1728-79). This bronze statue set on a stone plinth was designed in 1914 by Sir Thomas Brock who also sculpted the Queen Victoria Memorial. It is located close to the Admiralty Arch and is the first sculpture on entry to The Mall.
The inscription on the plinth reads: “Captain James Cook / R.N. F.R.S. / Born 1728 Died 1779 / Circumnavigator of the globe explorer of / the Pacific Ocean he laid the foundations of / the British Empire in Australia and New Zealand / charted the shores of New Foundland and traversed / the ocean gates of Canada both East and West // Unveiled by H.R.H. Prince Arthur of Connaught / on behalf of the British Empire League 7th July 1914”