William Lanyon


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service23.8.1779CSORN
Last Known Service17.3.1814CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
23.8.1779 Lieutenant ADM 6/22/186CSORN
17901795Spider (12), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
10.1799 Kent (12), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerSNL1799
12.17991801Matilda (8), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
2.18051811Genereux (74), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
17.3.1814 Superannuated CommanderCSORN


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Posted by C Heathcote on Monday 22nd of June 2020 18:44

William Lanyon was a junior officer on James Cook's third Pacific expedition of 1776-79. Lanyon was one of the witnesses who saw Captain Cook killed in Hawaii in 1778, and had ordered Marines to fire on the natives attacking Cook. Lanyon's presence is mentioned in all biographies of Cook. Due to deaths of other crew, Lanyon was promoted to ship's master of the HMS Discovery on the return voyage.


Posted by Brian on Thursday 16th of April 2015 21:28

Edinburgh Advertiser April 1796: Plymouth March 31, Arrived this morning the Spider, cutter, of 14 guns, Lieut. Lanyon, commander, from a cruize and has brought in a small French schooner privateer, painted on the stern, Poll of Jersey. mounting one swivel gun, burden about 12 tons, with 20 men, which she captured yesterday, a few leagues to the westward of this port.

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