Captain George Peacock: The Pioneer Commander of Pacific Steamers

By Roland E. Duncan, published February 1980


Commercial steam navigation in the Pacific was established in 1840 by William Wheelwright and Captain George Peacock of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company. Peacock, a Royal Navy master from Devon, joined the company after resigning from the navy, frustrated by lack of promotion. In the following six years, the innovative Peacock supervised the construction of the steamers Chile and Peru; commanded their overseas expedition; salvaged the Chile after she struck a reef; he erected beacons, bouys, and a lighthouse; discovered and mined coal deposits at Talcahuano; and established a regular mail service and commercial stream service from Chile to Panama.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

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