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In The Wake of Captains

James Cook & GeorgeVancouver

Introduction

James Cook, one of the world's most famous explorers and navigators undertook three world voyages. George Vancouver who was with him for two voyages learned the skills to enable him to later complete an incredible survey for the Admiralty. George Vancouver, who has an Island and a City named in his honour , completed this task just before his untimely death at the age of forty.


HMS Discovery

'HMS Discovery' - from a painting by Maurice Chadwick on the rear cover of the book:
'On Stormy Seas' - by B G Gillespie

50 Days of New Horizons

The expedition's timing and duration took account of the time needed for preparing the boat after shipment from the UK to Canada, including some refitting. August was the last month before the start of the Alaskan winter with ice flows at their maximum melt before the start of the big freeze.

50 days in northwest America were planned with some 38 field days covering a distance of 2500 miles. Ugly weather and stop-overs resulted in typical cruise distances of 120 miles with our furthest distance just short of 200 miles in the day. Our longest duration on the water being 8hrs.


Our RIB, 'SkooKumChuck' was in reality to be our home for the next 40 days.


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