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 serious Britain bravely explored the North pacific, yet his try and dominate the fur alternate among the Northwest Coast and Asia used to be annoyed while the Spanish military seized his ships off Vancouver Island. Meares neglected the chance to discover the Strait of Juan de Fuca or become aware of the Columbia River. as a result, he was once virtually a hero.

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Other expeditions followed. Warren L. Cook, Flood Tide of Empire: Spain and the Pacific Northwest, 1543-1819 (New Haven, CT, and London: Yale University Press, 1973), 2. 10. The Manhattan was moored for a number of years in the harbor at Portland, Oregon. The St. 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).

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. Meares left Bengal on March 2, 1786, carrying a Mr. Burke, the Royal Army paymaster, and his party to Madras for another 3,000 rupees.

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.

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