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ALEXANDER Hired brig No details.
  • 1818 Lieut. William Edward PARRY, 01/1818, the North Polar Sea.
    The ships employed on the expedition under Cdr. John ROSS were ISABELLA and ALEXANDER and the commander's orders were to attempt the north west passage by the western route. It was the first expedition to use canned meat.
    On 1 June they reached the eastern side of Davis's Strait and, on 3 July the Danish and Eskimo settlements in Greenland where they enjoyed the social activities.
    The results of the voyage were not extensive. ROSS only reached as far as Lancaster Sound where he sighted a range of mountains which he named after Mr Croker, the Secretary of the Admiralty.
    Unfortunately PARRY sailed over the mountain range the following year, they were either clouds or a mirage.

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