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KENDRICK, John, navigator, born in Boston about 1745; died in Hawaii in 1800. He resided in Wareham, Massachusetts, commanded a privateer during the Revolutionary war, and was one of the first American seamen to undertake useful voyages of discovery. In 1787, while commanding the " Columbia" and the sloop "Washington," fitted out by Boston merchants, he explored the northwest coast of America and the islands of the Pacific. He exchanged ships with Captain Gray, his second in command, and the latter, in a subsequent voyage, discovered the Columbia river. In 1791 Captain Kendrick, in company with Captain Douglas, in the brigs "Washington" and " Grace," made a voyage to the South seas. He visited Oceania and originated and carried on a successful trade in sandalwood with China. His death was caused by the accidental firing of a charge of grape-shot from a cannon by an English captain in returning his salute in Sandwich island waters.
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