John Crosse was born in New Zealand in 1917. After attaining an undergraduate degree from Cambridge, Cross completed a Master's degree in Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana. In 1959 he immigrated to Canada with his young family. Although he worked for some time as an engineer, Crosse was most passionate about British Columbia's maritime history. By 1968 he had written and published a centennial history of the Thermopylae, a clipper ship that patrolled British Columbia's coast in the 19th century. In the 1980s, Crosse began researching the first explorations of Europeans to North America's West Coast. He spend a number of summers in the 1990s following and documenting the precise route taken by Spanish explorers through British Columbia's Gulf Islands. As part of his research of these explorations, Crosse traveled to Spain and California to acquire background information and photocopies of rare maps made by the early European explorers. In 1994 he wrote and published some of the findings of his research trips in an article titled "In the Wake of the Spaniards: Through the Rosario Strait". Crosse continued to write and complete other manuscripts including "In the Wake of Narvaez"and "Thomas Manby: Seaman and Lover". John Crosse passed away in 2006.
Collection consists of records created by John Crosse, a local maritime historian. The records relate to his research and writings for numerous maritime-themed journal and newspaper articles as well as drafts of his self-published manuscripts: "Thermopylae"; "In the Wake of Narvaez"; and "Thomas Manby: Seaman and Lover".
See the “John Crosse Fonds” at the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections Department. A copy of the finding aid for these records is included in Box 1.