Gray, Robert

GRAY, Robert, trader (b 10 May 1755, RI; d 1806 at sea). During 1788–90 he commanded one of the ships in the first American expedition to trade SEA OTTER pelts on the Northwest Coast. He sailed the length of the coast and proved the insularity of the QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS. He then took the Columbia Rediviva to China and back to Boston, making it the first American ship to sail around the world. On his second trading expedition, Gray wintered on MEARES ISLAND at FORT DEFIANCE. In the spring...

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