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Bass, George, 1771-1803

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Personal name headingBass, George, 1771-1803
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Other standard no.Q734298
Associated countryEngland Great Britain
Associated placeAustralia
Birth date1771-01-30
Death date1803
Place of birthAswarby (England)
Lincolnshire (England)
Field of activityAustralia--Discovery and exploration
AffiliationGreat Britain. Royal Navy
Profession or occupationExplorers
Sailors Surgeons
Found inMr. Bass's Western Port, 1997: p.viii (George Bass) p. 85 (1771-1803)
"A passion for exploring new countries", 2016: title page (George Bass) page ix (George Bass (1771-1803))
Australian dictionary of biography online, April 24, 2017 (George Bass (1771-1803), surgeon and sailor; born on 30 January 1771 at Aswarby in Lincolnshire, England; death: 1803, at sea; when his father died in 1777 George moved with his mother to Boston. For five years he was apprenticed to the local surgeon-apothecary Patrick Francis, and at 18 he was accepted after examination in London as a member of the Company of Surgeons. Two months later he was again examined and certified as 'a surgeon's mate any rate'. Within a week he was in the navy, at sea in H.M.S. Flirt. Late in 1789 he was transferred to the Gorgon and, while it was fitting out at Portsmouth, went to London for another examination which won him promotion to 'surgeon second-rate'. He had brief postings in several ships, became proficient in navigation and seamanship and fluent in Spanish; When he heard that the Reliance was fitting out for New South Wales, he obtained a transfer to her in April 1794; Finding that little of the coast had been explored, Bass, Matthew Flinders and William Martin fitted a mast to a small rowing boat that Bass had brought with him, and seven weeks after arrival they examined the George's River which entered Botany Bay; with six volunteers and six weeks provisions he left Port Jackson on 3 December 1797. In the next eleven weeks, despite boisterous weather, he travelled some 1200 miles (1931 km), found the Shoalhaven River, Twofold Bay, Wilson's Promontory and Western Port and deduced from the great swell and the direction of the tides that a strait separated the mainland from Van Diemen's Land; He sailed into the Pacific on 5 February 1803 in command of the Venus. After that time nothing authentic was heard of him)
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