Christopher Middleton, Hudson's Bay Co captain, naval officer, explorer (b at Newton Bewley, Eng late 17th century; d 12 Feb 1770). Middleton served on PRIVATEERING ships during Queen Anne's War 1701-13 and joined the HBC in 1721 as second mate on a voyage from England to York Factory. During subsequent voyages to Hudson Bay he made scientific observations, which were published by the Royal Society in 1726. In 1737 he sailed North of Churchill in a company-sponsored search for the NORTHWEST PASSAGE. In 1741 he joined the navy, and sailed to the northwestern coast of Hudson Bay in command of the first official British expedition to look for the passage. His map of 1743 was the first to show that part of the Canadian North. He retired from the navy in 1748 and died in obscurity.