An officer in the Royal Navy who sailed on four voyages of exploration, 3 with Captain James Cook. Born around 1741 at Weathersfield Hall (near Braintree), England; d. 22 Aug. 1779 on board the Discovery, near Avacha (Tar’ya) Bay, Kamchatka peninsula (U.S.S.R.).
Thought to be the brother of Ann Clerke (born 1738) and Captain Sir John Clerke (1734-76). His father is perhaps a Joseph Clerke of Wethersfield, Essex (1734-76) 
A will states " I Charles Clerke, Captain of his Majesties Sloop Discovery, do make this my last will and testament. I give to my honoured father Joseph Clerke of Weathersfield in Essex, Esquire, ten Guineas and my Gold Watch, to my dear Brother Sir John Clerke, Captain in his Majesties Navy ten Guineas, to my Brother Joseph Clerke of Ipswich, Attorney at Law, one Guinea..." The will also mentions Paul Henry Maty who married on of his three sisters
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