Today marks death of a national hero

FEBRUARY 14, everyone knows what this date is significant for, or do they?

If ever a day was overshadowed by another then this has to be it.

For some, St Valentine’s Day is a special day, worth celebrating, even if only to receive the proverbial card. Not for me, however, because I can’t find one appropriate for the occasion as I see this date purely from a more historical point, that it is the anniversary of the death of Captain James Cook R.N.

Born at the foot of the Cleveland Hills in North Yorkshire, Cook became the nation’s greatest explorer, the first to accurately calculate longitude as well as charting New Zealand and east coast of Australia, to name but a few of his achievements.

He was killed at Kealakekua Bay in the Hawaiian Islands, and not by Cupid with his arrow. It is a pity this and Valentine's Day clash, but a day should be set aside to honour the great man and none better than this very day, though alas, not likely with St Valentine holding firm.

So, for me, it’s sorry dear wife, the appropriate card for the day has not been found yet again.

Pip Burke, Osbaldwick Lane, York.

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10:52am Thu 14 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

Nice interesting letter, pity the press couldnt have covered it as he was one of ours as much as Richard 111.
Well done Pip.
Nice interesting letter, pity the press couldnt have covered it as he was one of ours as much as Richard 111. Well done Pip. capt spaulding
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11:21am Thu 14 Feb 13

The Great Buda says...

Even NASA venerate him more than us; one of the Space Shuttles was named after his ship.
Even NASA venerate him more than us; one of the Space Shuttles was named after his ship. The Great Buda
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11:33am Thu 14 Feb 13

Yorkborneinbse says...

Fully agree, though in truth Pip, I could have found the card, but rather resisted the Commercial frenzy that is usual today.

My partner knows I love her, I tell her often enough to know that, and I cook nice meals, and very occcasionally buy flowers, though oh too often share nice wine together. I have no guilt today, nor did I last year, or the year before that.
Fully agree, though in truth Pip, I could have found the card, but rather resisted the Commercial frenzy that is usual today. My partner knows I love her, I tell her often enough to know that, and I cook nice meals, and very occcasionally buy flowers, though oh too often share nice wine together. I have no guilt today, nor did I last year, or the year before that. Yorkborneinbse
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3:21pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Ichabod76 says...

the first to accurately calculate longitude - sadly not although I believe he did captain the first ship to be issued with a marine chronometer by the admiralty

The first to accurately calculate longitude was Yorkshire carpenter and clock maker John Harrison

the Harrison H6 is the pocket watch that won him the longitude prize
although the British government never paid him the full £20000 prize money

its also the watch Del boy found in his lockup that finally made him a millionaire

it has never been found
the first to accurately calculate longitude - sadly not although I believe he did captain the first ship to be issued with a marine chronometer by the admiralty The first to accurately calculate longitude was Yorkshire carpenter and clock maker John Harrison the Harrison H6 is the pocket watch that won him the longitude prize although the British government never paid him the full £20000 prize money its also the watch Del boy found in his lockup that finally made him a millionaire it has never been found Ichabod76
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3:26pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Ichabod76 says...

T. Scaife wrote:
Ah, the Royal Navy of the time which brought the iron fist of Empire to the indigenous peoples of the Southern Hemisphere.

Also disease which wiped out many of them and good old slavery and the theft of their lands.

Perhaps we should send cards of condolence and a grovelling apology for what Great Britain did to their ancestors in our name.
If you’re that ashamed of our heritage, why don't you become a missionary and dedicate the rest of your life to righting the wrongs of the British Empire. ?
[quote][p][bold]T. Scaife[/bold] wrote: Ah, the Royal Navy of the time which brought the iron fist of Empire to the indigenous peoples of the Southern Hemisphere. Also disease which wiped out many of them and good old slavery and the theft of their lands. Perhaps we should send cards of condolence and a grovelling apology for what Great Britain did to their ancestors in our name.[/p][/quote]If you’re that ashamed of our heritage, why don't you become a missionary and dedicate the rest of your life to righting the wrongs of the British Empire. ? Ichabod76
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5:16pm Thu 14 Feb 13

twotonethomas says...

History is always written by the winners!
History is always written by the winners! twotonethomas
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1:58pm Fri 15 Feb 13

roclank2000 says...

Ichabod76 wrote:
the first to accurately calculate longitude - sadly not although I believe he did captain the first ship to be issued with a marine chronometer by the admiralty

The first to accurately calculate longitude was Yorkshire carpenter and clock maker John Harrison

the Harrison H6 is the pocket watch that won him the longitude prize
although the British government never paid him the full £20000 prize money

its also the watch Del boy found in his lockup that finally made him a millionaire

it has never been found
Not quite. The H4 won the prize. There are drawings of H6 but no proof that it was made, and as you say, it has never been found. Cook used an H4.
[quote][p][bold]Ichabod76[/bold] wrote: the first to accurately calculate longitude - sadly not although I believe he did captain the first ship to be issued with a marine chronometer by the admiralty The first to accurately calculate longitude was Yorkshire carpenter and clock maker John Harrison the Harrison H6 is the pocket watch that won him the longitude prize although the British government never paid him the full £20000 prize money its also the watch Del boy found in his lockup that finally made him a millionaire it has never been found[/p][/quote]Not quite. The H4 won the prize. There are drawings of H6 but no proof that it was made, and as you say, it has never been found. Cook used an H4. roclank2000
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