The Captain Cook statue commemorates the explorer and navigator, Captain James Cook (1728-79). This bronze statue set on a stone plinth was designed in 1914 by Sir Thomas Brock who also sculpted the Queen Victoria Memorial.
The inscription on the plinth reads:
"Captain James Cook / R.N. F.R.S. / Born 1728 Died 1779 / Circumnavigator of the globe explorer of / the Pacific Ocean he laid the foundations of / the British Empire in Australia and New Zealand / charted the shores of New Foundland and traversed / the ocean gates of Canada both East and West // Unveiled by H.R.H. Prince Arthur of Connaught / on behalf of the British Empire League 7th July 1914"
Sailors are quick to point out that Cook is standing on a rope – a cardinal sin on a ship.