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Chriistmas 2011 Issue - My Family Hero page 96

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Chriistmas 2011 Issue - My Family Hero page 96

Postby ksouthall » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:52 pm

I was interested to see the picture of Thursday October Christian and the etching of Pitcairn Island on p. 96 of the new magazine. The picture of Friday October Christian appeared in Lieutenant John Shillibeer's “Narrative of the Briton’s Voyage to Pitcairn’s Island” which was published in 1817.

John Shillibeer was lieutenant in command of marines on board the 44 gun frigate HMS Briton. Briton, accompanied by HMS Tagus, was searching the Pacific for the American ship Essex, which was attacking unarmed British whalers. The two frigates arrived at Pitcairn on the morning of 17 September 1814.

John Shillibeer is a very distant relative of mine. He originated from Walkhampton in Devon.
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