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    Depended on whether the ship was attached to a squadron or on detached duties. Frank is absolutely right about Cook’s 3rd voyage – Gore brought Resolution back as acting captain whilst Lt.James King came back to England as acting captain of Discovery. After Cook’s death the mission wasn’t aborted but carried on. By the time of Clerke’s death (in the Arctic, near Kamchatka, from consumption) two attempts to find a Pacific entrance to the NW Passage had been made (and failed) but until then there was never any question of returning home.