A Voyage of Discovery, Made under the Orders of the Admiralty, in His Majesty's Ships Isabella and Alexander

A Voyage of Discovery, Made under the Orders of the Admiralty, in His Majesty's Ships Isabella and Alexander : For the Purpose of Exploring Baffin's Bay, and Inquiring into the Probability of a North-West Passage

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Sir John Ross (1777-1856) was a Scottish naval officer and Arctic explorer. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of nine and distinguished himself during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1818, Ross was assigned to H.M.S. Isabella and commissioned to search for the North-West Passage. This book, published in 1819, describes the expedition, which was unsuccessful although it did discover new facts about Baffin Bay. Several of Ross's former officers disputed his account of the decision to turn back at Lancaster Sound, which he had mistakenly believed was impassable. The ensuing controversy affected the rest of Ross's career and made him unpopular with influential contemporaries including Sir John Barrow and William Edward Parry. It also soured relations with his young nephew James Clark Ross, who had accompanied him, and who in 1831, during a second eventful expedition with his uncle, identified the location of the magnetic North Pole.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 20 b/w illus. 16 colour illus. 3 maps
  • 1139151630
  • 9781139151634

Table of contents

Introduction; Explanations of sea terms used in icy seas; Official instructions; 1. Sailing of the expedition from the river; 2. Continuation of the voyage; 3. Progress of the voyage up the Straits; 4. Departure from Waygatt; 5. Continued progress through the ice; 6. The ships obliged to leave their moorings; 7. The Arctic Highlands; 8. Passage through the last barrier; 9. Progress towards the North; 10. Further progress to the southward; 11. Continue our progress to the southward, exploring the west coast of Baffin's Bay; 12. Proceedings off Cape Walsingham and Mount Raleigh; 13. Proceedings of the ships at Shetland.show more