The Chatham was a survey brig, built in Dover, England, in 1788.1 It served as the armed tender to HMS Discovery during Captain Vancouver's 1791 expedition to map the Pacific Northwest.2 Commanded by Captain William Robert Broughton, the Chatham surveyed what would, for a time, be called the Broughton Archipelago, in Queen Charlotte Sound; it surveyed the Columbia River up to Point Vancouver, 161 km upstream.3 The Chatham returned to England in 1795 and was reportedly sold in Jamaica in 1830.4
  • 1. Chatham, Ships of the Old Navy.
  • 2. Andrew Scott, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2009), 89.
  • 3. J. K. Laughton, Broughton, William Robert Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.
  • 4. Chatham, Ships of the Old Navy.
Mentions of this vessel in the documents