Captain George Vancouver (1757 – 1798), a famous seafarer, was born at 23 Conduit Street in King’s Lynn and baptised at St Margaret’s Church. He served under Captain Cook, later gaining promotion to Commander in the Royal Navy. Between 1792 and 1794, he surveyed the Pacific coast of America from California to Vancouver Island. The city of Vancouver, British Columbia is named after him. A statue of Vancouver stands near the Custom House in King’s Lynn, and a plaque marks the site of his now demolished birthplace.