History cruise

The Marlborough Historical Society will follow in the wake of Captain James Cook on a launch trip around Queen Charlotte Sound on Sunday.

Marlborough historian John Orchard said wreaths would be laid at Ship Cove where Captain Cook stayed five times in the 1770s, to mark 100 years since a memorial to his journeys was unveiled in 1913.

The full-day launch trip will call at Hippa Island, Motuara Island, Cannibal Cove, Ship Cove, and Wharehanga Bay.

Passengers will have the chance to talk with members of the British-based Captain Cook Society and view copies of paintings, books, maps and journal extracts recording his journeys.

The Department of Conservation summer explorers programme trip leaves Beachcomber wharf in Picton at 8.30am and returns about 6pm, bring your own lunch.

Tickets are $50 for historical society members and $60 for non-members, available until Thursday from the Marlborough Museum office, phone 578 1621.

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