Sir John Ross, C.B. K.S.A. K.C.S. Captain in the Royal Navy.
London, Published 1834, by Captain J, Ross, R.N.
Engraving on india, with very large margins. Plate 291 x 202mm. 11½ x 8".
Sir John Ross (1777-1856), the Scottish Rear Admiral and Arctic explorer. He became an Arctic explorer after distinguished naval service in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1818, he made his first voyages in search of the Northwest Passage to China. However, deciding the route was blocked by mountains, Ross's reputation suffered when it was later shown that the mountains were an optical illusion. Ross rebounded by attracting funding, from the gin distiller Felix Booth, to command the first steam ship into the Arctic on another voyage to locate the Northwest Passage (1829-33).
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