Captain Cook
The Captain Cook was a Bombay-built copper-hulled snow, a type of brig, of 356 tonnes.1 The Captain Cook and the Experiment were part of James Charles Stuart Strange's trade and exploration voyage to the Northwest coast in 1785.2
The expedition, which sailed out of India in 1785, was plagued with problems.3 The Experiment was damaged in Indian waters, and so sought repairs in Batavia (Djakarta, Indonesia); moreover, many of the crew contracted scurvy.4 When the expedition reached Nootka Sound in June of 1786, it arrived too late in the season to trade.5 Strange sailed to China in September 1786, to sell the small amount of otter pelts he had been able to acquire.6
  • 1. Barry M. Gough, Distant Dominion: Britain and the Northwest Coast of North America, 1579-1809 (Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 1980), 57.
  • 2. Robin Fisher, Strange, James Charles Stuart Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.
  • 3. Ibid.
  • 4. Ibid.
  • 5. Ibid.
  • 6. Ibid.
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