There are several plaques in Stockton Parish Church to Captain William Christopher. He made several voyages of exploration to Hudson Bay in the mid-1700s. It is claimed that he knew Captain James Cook RN, but no evidence has ever been presented to prove that.
A set of books about Captain Cook’s third voyage has just been sold at auction in the USA. The title page of one book contains an interesting description which reads as follows…
“A Present from the Executors of Capt. Cook to Mr Wm Christopher Commander of one of the Hudsons Bay Company ships, for his assistance in discoveries in the Hudson’s Bay, especially Chesterfield Inlet – A.D. 11784 – May 26th. Nine days before the Voyage came out.”
This inscription is written in Capt. Christopher’s handwriting. It is the first real evidence that the two families knew each other.
Image and details courtesy of Cliff Thornton.