Name

Robert Gray

Career

Explorer/Cartographer

Occupation 1

mariner/navigator

Region

NA/Pacific region

Era

Maritime Republic (1751-1815)

Born

1755

Died

1808

Source

CDAB, IV

Text

Sailing from Boston, September 1787, in the sloop Lady Washington , with hte Columbia ,under captain John Kendrick, Gray made the northwest coast, succeeded to command of the Columbia , gathered a cargo of sea-otter skins, and returned home by way of China, arriving at Boston in August 1790. He had sailed almost 42,000 miles and had carried the American flag around the world for the first time. After a refit, the Columbia sailed again in September 1790, arriving at vancouver Island in June 1791. In the spring of 1792, Gray sailed his ship through the difficult passage at the mouth of the Columbia River and made an effectual discovery of that river; this later served as foundation of the U.S. claim to Oregon.

Related Images

external image robertgray.gif
Image Id: 1354

Related People

Kendrick, John

Related Vessels

Columbia, Lady Washington,

Related Locations

Pacific Northwest,

Related Water Bodies

Columbia River,

Record ID: 615