Part 3 of 4. Cook continues his search for the great southern continent, but Endeavour is nearly lost in a land collision. He then claims the east coast of New Holland (modern Australia) for Britain; stops for repairs in Batavia; and is promoted and given orders for a third voyage.
Part 1 of 4. Recalling the life and achievements of British Navy Capt. James Cook (1728-99). Included: his early life when he joined the merchant navy as a teen; his rise as he gained recognition as a cartographer and navigator; his leadership in exploring in adverse conditions; and his commission to explore the Pacific.