On her maiden voyage from 1787 to 1790, the Columbia-Rediviva became the first ship to circumnavigate the globe under the flag of the United States. Robert Haswell served as second officer during her voyage to China by way of what is now Oregon. There the crew collected otter pelts before sailing to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) and on to China where they made arrangements with a Hong to trade the pelts for tea, porcelains, and silk. Haswell vividly recounted the voyage in this journal.
During the second voyage of the Columbia-Rediviva (1790-1793), Captain Robert Gray discovered and named the Columbia River after his ship. The ill-fated space shuttle Columbia was also named for this early maritime vessel.