Captian Mott may have joined HBC in 1842. He sailed from London to Fort Victoria on 4
September 1844 and arrived on 18 February 1845 (the Vancouver’s third voyage). He captained
her fourth voyage to Fort Victoria and, after leaving there for Fort Vancouver, was present when
the Vancouver was wrecked on the sandbar of the Columbia River (May 1848). Despite having
lost cargo that had to be replaced via the Sandwich Islands, Mott was recommended for his
admirable conduct by James Douglas and John Work and soon returned to England for his
retirement. It is known from records of his earnings that his wife resided at Maple House, High
Street, Broadstairs, Kent. Later, in 1871, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for India in
Council to superintend the transfer of Lascars (Indian ship personnel) in the United Kingdom.
Judging by Kent records, his grandson may be one James Valentine Mott (b. 1896) who married
a Sackett, a family known to have also resided at Maple House, High Street, Broadstairs.
- Beattie, Judith Hudson and Helen M. Buss. Undelivered Letters to Hudson's Bay Company Men
on the Northwest Coast of America, 1830-57. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011.
- Historic Shipping. “Vancouver.” The Historic Shipping Website. http://www.historic-
- “India Office, July 17, 1871.” The London Gazette. United Kingdom: Tho. Newcomb over
against Baynards Castle in Thamse-street, 1871.
- Sacket Family Association. “Marjorie Rose Eleanor Mott.” The Sacket Family Association.