But isn’t it amazing how stories change as retold throughout time.
In my previous post about Captain Gray, I accused him of having heard about the river from Captain George Vancouver. It was in noted in some documents I’ve read. But go back to Franchere’s journal (which is easily searchable since the entire thing is on-line and I downloaded it) and you’ll find that Franchere said Gray told Captain Vancouver about the river and it was AFTER Gray had been there that Vancouver sent his Lt. Broughton up the river. Continue reading →
Just watched an interesting program on the History channel that suggests Chinese explorers developed a settlement on Cape Breton (eastern Canada, off the coast of Nova Scotia) in the 1400s – that possibly Columbus knew about this, because the “Island of Seven Cities” was marked on an early map. Continue reading →
In reading about all these sea captains of old, and if one could go back and give them some advice about their career choices, I’d tell them to treat people, both their own and the ones they visit, with some respect.
Otherwise, there seems to be a heavy dose of karma at work here.
Captain George Vancouver was obviously a very nice guy and did everything he could to avoid scuffles with natives or anyone else. He died in his bed in England. However, he was only 40 years old. Continue reading →
This is a well-written biographic of the man who is remembered by so many place names along the Pacific Northwest coast. Please have a read and note how much he accomplished. You`ll be amazed at how old he was when he died.
Also, it is noted that he is from the Van Coeverden Dutch family. Canada’s first gold medal olympic kayaker is one Adam Van Koeverden. (In genealogy circles, Cs and Ks are used intermittently. So I wonder if Adam is related to this great Dutch explorer.
Captain George Vancouver
by W. Kaye Lamb
Captain George Vancouver, the first European to explore the inner waters of Burrard Inlet, was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, on June 22, 1757. He was of Dutch ancestry, descended from the titled Van Coeverden family, whose castle at Coeverden was long an important fortress on the eastern frontier with Germany. Vancouver’s great-grandfather married an Englishwoman; his grandfather seems to have spent most of his later years in England. George’s father, John Jasper Vancouver, was assistant collector of customs at King’s Lynn(actually the functioning official, as the position of collector was a sinecure). His mother, Bridget Berners, came from an old county family that numbered Sir Richard Grenville, of Revenge fame, among their ancestors. Continue reading →