Captain Vancouver wrote the following orders for this Expedition:
“On 20 May 1792 at 0400 hrs Lt Peter Puget, you are to disembark the HMS Discovery in the launch and in the cutter, Mr. Whidbey, Sailing Master, whose orders you are to follow. You are to proceed south keeping “the continental shore to starboard” at 3 days, should it appear to you that you are unable to finally determine its limits, and return to the ship by Thursday next and report to me an account of your proceedings, as to appearance of the country, its productions and inhabitants, if varying from what we have already seen. In search of the northwest passage linking the Atlantic to the Pacific.” Peter Puget's Journal: Blumenthal, Richard, editor of With Vancouver in Inland Washington Waters.
Archibald Menzies, botanist and ship’s surgeon was Scottish and attended the University of Edinburgh. He was the oldest member of the Lt. Puget’s exploration at the age of 38.
He often tried to learn the different languages of the Indian tribes in order to communicate with them. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1799 with a Degree in Medicine. He retired from the Royal Navy in 1802 and continued practicing medicine in England.