Parry describes his voyage of 1821-23 in this journal. He was sent in the Fury and Hecla to find a passage along the west coast of Foxe Basin, northward from Repulse Bay. He was unable however to penetrate Fury and Hecla Strait. He wintered on this expedition at Igloolik. There his crew was able to play cricket as in this illustration by George Lyon, who was commander of the Hecla.

In 1818 Parry had travelled with John Ross by way of Baffin Bay to search for a passage, but they disagreed about the prospect of finding one through Lancaster Sound. The Admiralty sent Parry to explore the sound again in 1819-20. On that voyage he penetrated the sound and wintered at Melville Island.