1728 – He was born this year.
1745 – He left home to be apprenticed in a grocery/haberdashery in the fishing village of Staithes.
1755 – He was offered command of this vessel, but within the month, he volunteered for service in the British Royal Navy.
1757 – He was quickly promoted to Master’s Mate.
1759 – He participated in the siege of Quebec City before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.
1760 – His surveying skills were put to good use.
1766 – The Royal Society hired him to travel to the Pacific Ocean to observe and record the transit of Venus across the Sun.
1768 – He sailed from England this year.
1769 – He managed to reach New Zealand.
1773 – His expedition circumnavigated the globe at very high southern latitude, becoming one of the first to cross the Antarctic Circle.
1774 – He landed at the Friendly Islands, Easter Island, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia and Vanuatu
1778 – His statue stands in Waimea, Kauai commemorating his first contact with the Hawaiian Islands at the town’s harbour.
1779 – He died this year in Hawaii in a fracas with Hawaiians during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific.