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Line of ships sailing through a passage in the ice

Line of ships sailing through a passage in the ice

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GEORGE BERNARD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY GEORGE BERNARD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Arctic exploration. Illustration of a line of ships sailing through a clear passage between ice floes. This formed part of Sir John Ross' attempts to find the Northwest passage, a navigable water- way between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans around the northern tip of Canada. Ross (1777-1856) explored the sides of Baffin Bay and sailed down Lancaster Sound, a westerly passage. He finally turned back, thinking that he was approaching a mountain range. Later expeditions found that these mountains must have been a fog bank or mirage. Ross made further expeditions in 1829 and 1850. Image of Ross' vessel with seven whaling ships in June 1818. Photographed from an 1819 book.

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