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 exchange among the Northwest Coast and Asia was once pissed off whilst the Spanish army seized his ships off Vancouver Island. Meares overlooked the chance to discover the Strait of Juan de Fuca or notice the Columbia River. consequently, he was once nearly a hero.
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Roch is on display in dry-dock at the Vancouver, BC, Maritime Museum. 11. Colin Johnston, personal correspondence with the author. Page 6 "A View of the Volcano, Cook's River; taken from Coal Harbour," in George Dixon, A Voyage Round the World (1789). Meares' Nootka traded for sea otter pelts in Cook Inlet, September 1786. Page 7 Chapter One Despair and Death on the Northwest Coast The winter of 1786-87 on the Northwest Coast of America was long and severe, and to the British mariner John Meares and his crew of a tiny two-masted snow, the months they spent with their ship frozen in the ice in a cove in Alaska's Prince William Sound were a time of despair and death.
1809 Journeys. 2. Explorers Great Britain Biography. I. Title. Nokes, Who Sacrificed Much for Their Family. Page vii Contents Illustrations viii Acknowledgments ix Foreword xi Introduction 1 1. Despair and Death on the Northwest Coast 7 2. Rescue and Controversy 19 3. A Chief of Atooi and a Girl of Hawaii 33 4. Shed a Tear for Winee 41 5. Philippines to Nootka 49 6. No Such River Exists 61 7. The Cape Called Meares 73 8. Mutiny, Launching and Departure 87 9. A Question of Cannibalism 99 10. Kaiana Goes Home 113 11.
Meares also would learn that his second ship, the Sea Otter, had been lost at sea Page 16 with all hands. The size of Tipping's crew is not known exactly, but probably was around 35. These disasters combined were the worst in the history of sailing ships on the Northwest Coast two centuries ago. Two years later, two Boston ships, the Columbia Rediviva and Lady Washington, wintered on Vancouver Island with no serious problems, but the climate was milder that far south. During the early coast trade era, most captains chose to sail their ships to the Sandwich Islands rather than risk a winter on the Northwest Coast.