In Search of Terra Incognita - the life of Captain James Cook

Barry Hamblin

South West
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £50 plus mileage (25p/mile) if outside Somerset
15th September 2020
Biography | Eighteenth Century | Polar Exploration. Royal Navy

How did the son of a farm labourer become one of the most significant navigators, explorers and cartographers the world has known ? His crew loved him and would do anything he asked. It is not always acknowledged that he was also one of the first ship's captains to overcome the disease scurvy which killed so many seamen. He is famous for three major voyages but there is so much more.

This is a huge subject for one talk and I would recommend it is delivered in two parts:

Part 1: "From the Farm to the Fleet": how the son of a farm labourer became the most respected navigator and cartographer in the Royal Navy, and

Part 2: "In Search of Terra Incognita": James Cook's three voyages of discovery.

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About Barry Hamblin

After 23 years flying in the RAF as a navigator I found myself running a training company for airline pilots after doing a favour for a friend.

My wife has a lavender business (I am the tractor driver) and when she opened a shop which was too large for her sole use I closed my training company and took the spare half of the shop to indulge my passion for selling antiques. My wife and I give talks on the history of lavender, growing lavender and how it is used (see Lavender and Co) and this, together with being a trustee of our small but beautiful local museum and a love of antiques and history, has resulted in me giving number of talks on a variety of historical subjects.

The RAF trained me to instruct and I just love presenting the subjects I care so much about.

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