(CC) Image: George Swan
View centered directly over Pitcairn Island.
Philip de Cateret (1738-1796)
was an officer in the Royal Navy,
a Pacific Ocean explorer,
and a hereditary Seigneur in Jersey.
Between 1764 and 1766 John Byron lead an expedition consisting of
HMS Dolphin and
De Cateret sailed as the first lieutenant of the Tahar.
De Cateret was then promoted to command HMS Swallow, a vessel that was to accompany Samuel Wallis in the Dolphin on another expedition to the Pacific.
De Cateret and Wallis were separated while rounding Cape Horn, and de Cateret completed his expedition independently.
On July 3 1767 Robert Pitcairn, one of de Cateret's lookouts, sighted Pitcairn Island.