A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 15 eBook

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The Resolution was fitted out with the same complement of officers and men as she had before; and the Discovery’s establishment varied from that of the Adventure, in the single instance of her having no marine officer on board.  This arrangement was to be finally completed at Plymouth; and on the 9th we received the party of marines allotted for our voyage.  Colonel Bell, who commanded the division at this port, gave me such men for the detachment as I had reason to be satisfied with.  And the supernumerary seamen, occasioned by this reinforcement, being turned over into the Ocean man-of-war, our several complements remained fixed, as represented in the following table:—­


Officers and Men.  No.  Officers No.  Officers
Names Names

Captains, 1 James Cook. 1 Charles Clerke. 
Lieutenants, 3 John Gore. 2 James Burney. 
James King.  John Rickman. 
John Williamson. 
Master, 1 William Bligh. 1 Thomas Edgar. 
Boatswain, 1 William Ewin. 1 Aneas Atkins. 
Carpenter, 1 James Clevely. 1 Peter Reynolds. 
Gunner, 1 Robert Anderson. 1 William Peckover. 
Surgeon, 1 William Anderson. 1 John Law. 
Master’s Mates, 3 2
Midshipmen, 6 4
Surgeon’s Mates, 2 2
Captain’s Clerk, 1 1
Master at Arms, 1
Corporal, 1
Armourer, 1 1
Ditto Mate, 1 1
Sail Maker, 1 1
Ditto Mate, 1 1
Boatswain’s Mates, 3 2
Carpenter’s Ditto, 3 2
Gunner’s Ditto, 2 1
Carpenter’s Crew, 4 4
Cook, 1 1
Ditto Mate, 1
Quarter Masters, 6 4
Able Seamen, 45 33
Lieutenants, 1 Molesworth Philips. 
Serjeant, 1 1
Corporals, 2 1
Drummer, 1 1
Privates, 15 8

Total, 112 80

On the 10th, the commissioner and pay clerks came on board, and paid the officers and crew up to the 30th of last month.  The petty officers and seamen had, besides, two months wages in advance.  Such indulgence to the latter is no more than what is customary in the navy.  But the payment of what was due to the superior officers was humanely ordered by the Admiralty, in consideration of our peculiar situation, that we might be better able to defray the very great expence of furnishing ourselves with a stock of necessaries for a voyage which, probably, would be of unusual duration, and to regions where no supply could be expected.

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