Signed Pre-Release Edition for the Australian market
P/789 - Captain James Cook
200th Anniversary Edition
Issued in 1978
This model was created to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the death of Captain James Cook, and was issued as a Signed Pre-Release Edition to members of the “Peggy Nisbet Doll Collectors’ Club of Australia”. It went on general release in 1979.
Captain Cook is from the "Portrait" series
The model shown here is a sample; he has a map, (not shown in this picture), see below, which details his three voyages of discovery
Born in 1728 in Marton, (near Middlesborough, Yorkshire, Cook commanded three great voyages of discovery, and sailed around the world twice. In 1755, he set out on his first voyage, in search of “Terres Australis”, (The Lands in the South), in the ship “Endeavour”. The voyage was unsuccessful. The second voyage in the ship “Resolution” circled Antarctica. The third voyage, again in “Resolution”, was to look for a possible northern sea route, between Europe and Asia. On this voyage, in 1778, he became the first European to reach the Hawaiian Islands. On a return visit in 1779, Captain Cook was stabbed to death by natives while investigating the theft of a cutter (a small boat). He was 51.