Almost a Hero: The Voyages of John Meares, R.N., to China, by J Richard Nokes

By J Richard Nokes

Starting in 1786, Captain John Meares of significant Britain bravely explored the North pacific, yet his try and dominate the fur alternate among the Northwest Coast and Asia used to be annoyed whilst the Spanish army seized his ships off Vancouver Island. Meares ignored the chance to discover the Strait of Juan de Fuca or become aware of the Columbia River. consequently, he used to be virtually a hero.

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Naval ships in World War II used chronometers mounted in gimbals that kept the timepiece level no matter how violently a vessel pitched and rolled in the waves. [Adapted from Dava Sobel, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (New York: Walker, 1995)] Page 11 and later in Madras took on 10 Lascars (sailors of the East Indies) for the Nootka. 9 Tipping's crew was a bit smaller. To help finance the voyage across the Pacific, Tipping took a cargo of opium to Malacca for "about" 3,000 rupees.

Concerning the early American voyages to the Northwest Coast of America; the Hawaiian Historical Society and the Archives of Hawaii had records of the early sailing ships that called at the Sandwich Islands and of the Hawaiians who sailed away in those ships; the Provincial Library of Victoria had valuable information on vessels that probed the harbors of British Columbia; the Oregon Historical Society and the Washington State Historical Society libraries provided illustrations and basic information on explorations of the Northwest Coast.

Meares, "Preface," vi, in Voyages. 9. Meares, "An Introductory Voyage of the Nootka," i-iii, xxxiv, in Ibid. " 10. , ii; Carrington, "Nootka Meares," Chapter One, 8. 11. Meares, Voyages, iii-iv. 12. , iv-vi. 13. , vii. 14. William P. Gray, Voyages to Paradise: Exploring in the Wake of Captain Cook (Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 1981), 184. 15. Meares, Voyages, viii-x. 16. , vii, xi. 17. Carrington, "Nootka Meares," Chapter Two, 3. 18. Meares, Voyages, xii-xiii. 19. , xvii-xviii. 20.

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