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24 F. W. How AY at about the same speed, as shown by the original voyage from Boston. As the Washington arrived in China on the 26th Jan- uary, 1790, it seems fair to say that she must have left this coast about the end of September. So that she only remained here about two months after the Columbia sailed, namely from the end of July to the end of September. This would almost seem without more to settle the question, as it may well be doubted whether any navigator could pioneer the way amid that labyrinth of channels from Cape Flattery to Cape Scott in such a short time, and carry on sufficient trade to obtain, as Kendrick did in that interval, a valuable cargo of furs. I think that, after Gray's departure, Kendrick sailed in the Washington to Queen Charlotte Islands, and there obta'ned the cargo of five hundred sea otter skins. The chief at Barrel's sound told Haskins that Kendrick had been there twice, once in a one-masted ship, lately in one with two masts. See Haskins Journal, Page 51, under date July 8th, 1791. And we know that in 1789 the Washington was rigged as a sloop, but on her return in 1791, she was rigged as a brig. Consequently the chief's reference to Kendrick in a one-masted ship must apply to some date in 1789. All the matters I have dealt with up to this point simply raise inferences, more or less strong, that the voyage in question was never made. But I now come to the consideration of In- graham's journal, which as I have already said settles the question. Joseph Ingraham, the writer of this interesting journal, was the second mate of the Columbia on her first voyage. He went to China in her, and thence returned to Boston. There he left the Columbia, and took charge of the brig Hope, in which he sailed for this coast again on the 16th September, 1790, arriving here 1st June, 1791. He was engaged in the fur-trade on this coast in 1791 and 1792. Subsequently he joined the United States navy, and was lost in the U. S. brig Pickering, which was never heard of after leaving Delaware in August, 1800.