This illustration forms part of the “short natural history of the country” that is announced on the title-page. The sea unicorn is a narwhal, the sea horse is a walrus, and the white bear is a polar bear.
The author, Henry Ellis, was agent on a private expedition under William Moor in the Dobbs and Frances Smith in the California and his is one of two rival accounts of the voyage.
The venture was organised by Arthur Dobbs. It was asked to re-examine Wager Bay, which had been explored by Moor and Christopher Middleton in 1741-42, and which Dobbs believed would lead to the Northwest Passage. The two captains went in longboats to the head of the Bay and concluded that there was no Passage there.
- Full title:
- A voyage to Hudson's-Bay, ... in ... 1746 and 1747, for discovering a North West Passage; with ... a short natural history of the country. Together with a fair view of the facts and arguments from which the future finding of such a passage is rendered probable ... To which is prefixed, an ... account of the attempts hitherto made, etc.
- 1748, London
- Henry Ellis
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- Public Domain
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- British Library
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- The search for the Northwest Passage
There were many expeditions in search of a Northwest Passage during the 1700s. They include the voyages of Frances Smith, Samuel Hearne and James Cook. By the end of the century, George Vancouver had explored the northwest coast in detail.