1755 – Robert Gray, born on the 10th of May in Tiverton, Rhode Island, and though little is known of his early life, he is said to have served in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War. American sea captain, discoverer of the Columbia River. He probably served in the Continental navy in the American Revolution.
1787 – He and Captain John Kendrick were sent by Boston merchants to the northwest coast of North America with two vessels, the Columbia Rediviva and the sloop Lady Washington.
1789 – He was transferred to command of the Columbia, took a rich cargo of sea otter skins to Guangzhou.
1790 – He returned to Boston, the first American to circumnavigate the globe.
1791 – He went back to the Northwest coast and wintered there.
1792 – On the 11th of May, he took the Columbia past the dangerous bar and up the river later named after the ship. Though Spanish and English navigators had been familiar with the bar at the Columbia’s mouth, Gray was the first to enter the river itself.
1806 – Died at sea on July, near Charleston, South Carolina, possibly of yellow fever