Photographer's Note


Today I dedicate the series to our man in Vancouver: Craig (Macjake).
He undoubtedly knows the history of his city, but he probably did not see in real the statue of the name-giver of his city George Vancouver.

George Vancouver was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk in 1757.
His ancestors came from the Dutch town of Coevorden (Koever in the Drenthe dialect). The surname Van Coever was changed to Vancouver in England.

After two journeys under the famous captain James Cook, George was promoted to captain with the assignment to map the west coast of North America. During this trip he discovered that Vancouver Island is an island, and gave it his name.

His statue has been given a beautiful place in front of the King's Lynn Custom House, one of the towns iconic landmarks. It was designed by architect Henry Bell and built by Sir John Turner in 1683.
Bell was influenced in his design by the architecture of the capital and Holland and was designed the first classical building in King’s Lynn. It is seen as the most perfect classical buildings in provincial England.

■ Picture 1: ◄ George Vancouver in front of the Customs House►

■ Picture 2: ◄Customs House and the Purfleet ►

■ Picture 3: ◄ Customs House Detained ►

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5592 W: 327 N: 10800] (42354)
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