Ambrose Hills sailed on Cook’s Second Voyage in Adventure under Captain Tobias Furneaux. He joined on 12 February, 1772, as sailmaker from HMS Tweed.
His appointment followed a request from Tobias Furneaux to the Navy Board for a sailmaker.
Captain Furneaux, the Adventure, Woolwich. There is no Master Sailmaker on the sloop and asks for Ambrose Hills to be appointed as he is recommended as qualified.1
Hills died on 5 August, 1774, less than a month after Adventure returned to Britain. He was 46 years old. He was born in 1728, the son of George and Dorothy Hills. He married Rachel Hester in 1747, and together they had two sons.
1.ADM 106/1209/188. 11 February, 1772. It is held at The National Archives (TNA).
Originally published in Cook's Log, page 34, volume 40, number 3 (2017).