The Investigator, under the command of Captain John McClure, with Samuel Gurney Cresswell second-in-command, set out in 1850 in one of the several attempts to locate Sir John Franklin's lost party. Upon reaching Melville Island, the ship was blocked by ice, and there the expedition wintered. Eventually the party made its way to an inlet on the northern shore of Bank's Land, which McClure christened "The Bay of God's Mercy."

Ice continued to present an insurmountable obstacle, and eventually the expedition was forced to abandon ship, seeking refuge and eventually returning to England on board the Resolute, which had penetrated as far as Melville Sound. During their confinement, the Investigator's party conducted exploratory expeditions by foot and sled, resulting in the observation that no land lay between Melville Island and "Parry's Farthest," thereby establishing the existence of the Northwest Passage.

The beautiful views, based on drawings by Cresswell, lithographed by either Simpson or Walker, and printed by Day & Son, include: 1) "First Discovery of Land...," 2) "Bold Headland on Baring Island," 3) "H.M.S. Investigator in the Pack," 4) "Critical Position of H.M.S. Investigator on the North Coast of Baring Island," 5) "H.M.S. Investigator running through a narrow channel in a snow storm...," 6) "Melville Island from Banks' Land," 7) "Sledge-Party leaving H.M.S. Investigator in Mercy Bay..." and 8) "Sledging over Hummocky Ice." "These lithographs are of quite remarkable beauty and unusual colouring. The clear and vivid colour effects of the Arctic are shown with great distinctness in these prints which are highly desirable"

Dedicated, by Special Permission, to Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, a Series of Eight Sketches in Colour (Together with a Chart of the Route) by Lieut. S. Gurney Cresswell, of the Voyage of H.M.S. Investigator (Captain M'Clure), during the Discovery of the North-west Passage

4 p., 9 leaves of plates : map ; 61 cm. Folio 60.5 x 42.5 cm; prints 58.2 x 42 cm


Abbey Travel 644. Arctic Bibliography 3477. Lande 1128. Sabin 17490. Tpl 33353.

Publisher: London : Day and Son





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Date Added: 2019-05-11

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A Series of Eight Sketches in Colour of the Voyage of H.M.S. Investigator - Chart of the Northwest Passage Showing the Route of the Investigator (1854)

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