Captain James Cook
explorerby Rit Nosotro First Published:: 2003
"The renowned English navigator and explorer Captain James Cook had been baptised in the Anglican parish church of Marton-in-Cleveland in north Yorkshire in 1728, but was a nominal Anglican only. Nevertheless, he was a moral man and never cursed or swore and would not permit profanity on board his ships.
Before he sailed, Cook's wife Elizabeth gave him an Anglican prayer-book from which source he named a number of places on Australia's coast after the days of the church year on which his ship reached them, such as the Whitsunday Passage and Islands, Trinity Bay and the Pentecost Islands. Dr Graham McLennan, Understanding Our Christian Heritage.
Far more religious was Cook's immediate companion, Sir Joseph Banks. A naturalist with a deep love of the productions of nature, Banks believed that every consideration that a man made of the works of the Almighty increased a man's admiration of his Creator. "