The search for the Northwest Passage
- Article by:
- William Frame
William Frame, the British Library’s Head of Modern Archives and Manuscripts, describes Cook’s third voyage of 1776–80. The expedition’s aim was to find a passage from the North Pacific to the Atlantic. It was during this voyage that Cook was killed in Hawai’i.Read more
The many searches for the missing explorer John Franklin led to the discovery of all the Arctic waterways. The knowledge gained from these voyages helped Amundsen to finally cross the Northwest Passage in 1903-06.Read more
Discover modern-day responses to the expeditions from people of the communities Cook encountered, documented and learned from.
Learn about the explorers – both before and after Cook – who ventured into the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage, a navigable channel that was believed to connect the North Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.