Richard Pickersgill


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service29.8.1771CSORN
Last Known Service6.2.1777CSORN
Date of Death21.7.1779ADM 104

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
29.8.1771 Lieutenant ADM 6/20/399CSORN
29.11.177112.2.1776Drake (12), Third Lieutenant ADM 6/20/415CCSU
31.5.17766.2.1777Lion, Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerADM 12/27B
6.2.1777 Dismissed from the ShipADM 12/27B


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Posted by Cliff Thornton on Thursday 24th of September 2020 06:58

The confusion over Pickersgill's service on Drake and Resolution is a result of the Admiralty changing the name of the ship in December 1771. It was considered too contentious to send Cook into the Pacific with ships named Drake and Raleigh, so they were renamed Resolution and Adventure. All officers had to be recommissioned with the new name of the ship they were appointed to.


Posted by Christopher Heathcote on Tuesday 22nd of September 2020 14:41

Pickersgill was a midshipman on the HMS Dolphin's voyage across the South Pacific, then he served on the HMS Endeavour on James Cook's first Pacific voyage


Posted by Christopher Heathcote on Friday 18th of September 2020 15:46

An error in dates here. From 1772 Pickersgill was 3rd lieutenant on the HMS Resolution, serving under Captain Cook on his second Pacific voyage. He joined the Drake after this.

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