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Explorers Sir John Ross and Sir James Clark Ross Two notorious explorers from the 1800s are Sir John Ross and Sir James Clark Ross These two explorers are known for their expeditions in the Arctic Sir John Ross a Scottish explorer was born on June 24 1777 He is recognized as the first explorer to reach the Earths magnetic north pole Age of nine he joined the Royal Navy and served in the Napoleonic wars His Arctic career were made up of two naval expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and one unsuccessful attempt to find the lost explorer Sir John Franklin expedition to discover the North West Passage His first expedition in search of the Northwest Passage in 1818 was unsuccessful Between 1829 and 1833 he went along the East Side of the Boothia Peninsula and recorded the coast as far as Kull Island In the west they explored the coasts of King William Island between Cape Norton and Victory Point finding and naming Cape Jane Franklin and Franklin Point He also traveled along the coasts of Matty Island and recorded the West Coast of the Boothia Peninsula between Cape Porter and Cape Nicholas In 1833 his ship hit an iceberg and was rescued On his map of the Boothia Peninsula Ross had drawn an isthmus closing Rae Strait between King William Island and Boothia This has led some people to believe that this error may have led to the disastrous outcome of explorer John Franklins voyage in 1846 Ross final voyage to the Arctic to find Sir John Franklin was in 1850-51 Later on Sir John Ross wrote two books describing his search for the Northwest Passage Sir John Ross served as British consul in Stockholm London from 1839 to1846 He died in London in 1856 Sir James Clark Ross nephew of Sir John Ross was born on April 15
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