Clitheroe Civic Society to hold talk about colourful seaman's life
3:04pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
CLITHEROE Civic Society will host a talk from local historian Steve Ragnell on Captain James King on Monday, October 14.
A plaque commemorating Captain King is attached to the Yorkshire Bank in Castle Street, which stands on the site of the vicarage where the sailor’s father lived when he was born in July 1750.
Captain King was educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School before joining the navy and serving with Captain James Cook on his famous voyage to the Pacific in 1779.
Captain King joined the Royal Navy as a 12-year-old midshipman and set sail with Cook in 1776 aboard HMS Resolution as a lieutenant.
And after surviving several encounters with cannibals and near-kidnap, they finally reached The Sandwich Islands, now known as Hawaii.
When he returned to England four years later he was named as captain of the famous ship HMS Discovery.
The society succeeded in getting the plaque lowered after complaints that it was too high up to read.
The talk will take place in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chambers in Church Street from 7.30pm.
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