Appendix II

In pursuance of the directions of the Right Honble the Lords Commrs of the Admiralty signified to us by Mr Stephens's Letter of the 25 of March 1777, We have Examin'd Mr Philip King who by Certificate appears to be more than twenty two years of age & find he has gone to sea more than Six Years in the Ships & Qualities undermend


Ships  Quality  Time 
Ys  Ms  Ws  Ds 
Swallow  Captn Servt  1 —  1 —  3 — 
Dolphin  Do & able  0 —  12 —  2 — 
Mid  1 —  6 —  0 — 
Prudent  Mid  0 —  11 —  0 — 
Liverpool  Mid  1 —  9 —  0 — 
6 —  1 —*  3 — 

He produceth Journals kept by himself in the Dolphin, Prudent, & Liverpool, & Certificates from the Capts Johnstone & Bellew of his Diligence, Sobriety & obedience to Commd he can splice, Knot, Reef a sail, work a ship in sailing, shift his Tides, keep a Reckoning of a Ships way by plain sailing & Mercator Observe by sun or star, find the Variation of the compass & is qualified to do the duty of an able seaman & Midshipman Dated at the Navy Office the 3rd of April 1777 —

[Signed] N Suckling Jno Campbell, A North;

Admty Office 4th April 1777

This is to certify that the original Certificate (of which the above is a true Copy) is lodged in this office by order of their Lordships

Chas Wright

PLATE Q Copy of King's commission as Lieutenant Governor of Norfolk Island, 1st February 1790. (King's Papers, vol. 8, Mitchell Library).