Watched a wonderful archaeological programme where an old London grave yard was being dug up as it was on the routeway of HS2.I still marvel at Cook's navigational skills. When I did Longlook in NZ in the early 1990s we went out in a RNZN yacht and flicking through the chart pack (Marlborough Sounds) there were charts marked 'Surv'd By Lt James Cook RN'
And in it was the memorial to Captain Flinders RN Matthew Flinders he did the survey of Australia and like Cook there are many references to his work out there. Poor chap was interned in Mauritius for 6 years as a suspected spy on his way back and got back to the UK in 1810. Sadly for him no one was interested in his achievements as we were at war with the French!