George Vancouver was a British Naval Officer, that is, he was an officer in the Royal British Navy. He was a very successful world traveler. He made several major global adventures with Captain Cook. Later on in his life, as a seafarer, he sailed around the world. He lived a very full life, though a short one. He was born in 1757 c.e. and died in 1798 c.e.
He should be appreciated as one of the greatest seafarer, I believe, of all times, among all the others, such as Christopher Columbus or Ferdinand Magellan, that most of us grew up knowing about.