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Captain James King

British, 1750 - 1784

King joined HMS RESOLUTION as second lieutenant, sharing the duties of astronomer with Cook. His readings were an an important contribution surveys carried out during the voyage.

Following the death of Cook, King was appointed to command HMS DISCOVERY. After his return to England King was very much involved in the publication of the official account of Cook's third voyage, writing the third volume at Woodstock, near Oxford. After returning to the Navy he died in Nice from tuberculosis.