Courtenay, Captain George William Conway
George William Conway Courtenay was born in 1795 and entered the Royal Navy at the age of ten. By 1828 he had reached the rank of captain.1
He began service as British consul in Haiti in 1832 and later negotiated a treaty for the suppression of the slave trade.2 After returning to naval service, he assumed command of the frigate HMS Constance in 1847 and made a survey of Vancouver Island coal deposits the following year.3
Recriminations on both sides concerning military support were incurred when Courtenay failed to meet James Douglas, the chief factor, because of his travel schedule. Nevertheless, Courtenay praised the resources of the island.4
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Douglas, James

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HMS Constance, 1846-1875

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Vancouver Island