The main part of the Arms features a globe showing the Pacific Ocean. Above the crest is an arm dressed in Naval uniform holding a British flag. Below the shield are ship’s cannons. It includes the motto Circa Orbem (around the world) on the crest and Nil Intentatum Reliquit (he left nothing unattempted) below the shield.
Cook’s achievements were thought to be so great, that this coat of arms was awarded to Cook’s family in 1785 by the King – George III. It is the only coat of arms to be awarded posthumously.
Image courtesy of Middlesbrough Museums Service