Captain Greenvile Collins and Mr Pepys

By Stuart Mountfield, published February 1970


Greenvile Collins was a protégé of Samuel Pepys who sailed to the South Seas with Sir John Narbrough in 1669. Collins contributed to a narrative of the voyage and became a keen journaliser. Seven years later, as master, he joined an ill-fated expedition seeking a North East passage to Cathay, and subsequently saw action off Tangier. Having become a skilled hydrographer, he carried out at Pepys’s behest the work that marked the highlight of his later career – updating charts of the British coastline.

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Filed under: Baltic | Other (Early Modern) | Pacific | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

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