Eleven Centuries of the Royal Navy

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Captain Tobias Furneaux (21 August 1735 – 18 September 1781) was an English navigator, accompanied James Cook on his second voyage of exploration.

Captain Tobias Furneaux (21 August 1735 – 18 September 1781)

FURNEAUX, TOBIAS (1735-1781), English navigator, was born at Swilly near Plymouth on the 21st of August 1735. He entered the royal navy, and was employed on the French and African coasts and in the West Indies during the latter part of the Seven Years’ War (1760-1763). He served as second lieutenant of the “Dolphin” under Captain Samuel Wallis on the latter’s voyage round the globe (August 1766-May 1768); was made a commander in November 1771; and commanded the “Adventure” which accompanied Captain Cook (in the “Resolution”) in Cook’s second voyage. Read more about Captain Tobias Furneaux (21 August 1735 – 18 September 1781) was an English navigator, accompanied James Cook on his second voyage of exploration.

William Balfour Baikie (21 August 1824 – 30 November 1864) was a Scottish explorer, naturalist and philologist.

BAIKIE, WILLIAM BALFOUR (1824-1864), Scottish explorer, naturalist and philologist, eldest son of Captain John Baikie, R.N., was born at Kirkwall, Orkney, on the 21st of August 1824. He studied medicine at Edinburgh, and, on obtaining his M.D. degree, joined the royal navy in 1848. He early attracted the notice of Sir Roderick Murchison, through whom he was appointed surgeon and naturalist to the Niger expedition sent out in 1854 by Macgregor Laird with government support. The death of the senior officer (Consul Beecroft) occurring at Fernando Po, Baikie succeeded to the command. Read more about William Balfour Baikie (21 August 1824 – 30 November 1864) was a Scottish explorer, naturalist and philologist.

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