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Terra Australis Incognita

Dr Nigel Rigby considers Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific, which in many ways amounted to a negative achievement. From September 2002.

How Captain Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific amounted to a negative achievement in many ways - and demonstrated that there was indeed no great Southern Continent in temperate latitudes.

In the second of three programmes, Dr Nigel Rigby of the National Maritime Museum reassesses the life of this complex man.

Reader: Bill Wallis
Music composed and performed by John Metcalfe.

Producer: Mark Smalley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

30 minutes