This plan was also approved, but to his astonishment, in 1848 Ross was unable to reach Melville Island, or even to pass from Lancaster Sound
into Barrow Strait.
If there is a specific place in northern Canada that exemplifies the Arctic sovereignty dispute it is Lancaster Sound
, the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage.
We explored Lancaster Sound
and backtracked to Resolute Bay, where a chartered plane arrived to take us home.
In the early 19th century, the search for the Northwest Passage came in vogue again when John Ross entered Lancaster Sound
The high school biology students, along with three Elders, a science teacher, an eight-year-old child and a hunter, were trapped when the sea ice they were traveling on broke free at the tip of Baffin Island and drifted into Lancaster Sound
After drifting, the ice eventually entered Lancaster Sound
, where westward-flowing currents that travel along the sound's northern shore carried the ice to Resolute Passage.
Superstitious buyers may note that Lancaster Sound
(38) was successful in a maiden point-to-point at Belclare - the same race won by then four-year-old Best Mate.
She began her first ice-breaking mission when she entered Lancaster Sound
, churning through fields of rotten pack ice.
The expedition continued into Lancaster Sound
and was never seen again.
It is possible that some of the tracked walruses used terrestrial haul-out sites in the largely ice-free areas of Jones Sound and Lancaster Sound
for short periods during the summer, though this cannot be confirmed with certainty.
Located in Eclipse Sound, near the eastern end of the Northwest Passage, the marine waters of this region are well recognized as a circumpolar biodiversity hot spot, and they were recently designated as part of the Lancaster Sound
National Marine Conservation Area.
Andrew in 1847, although the ice prevented him from even reaching Lancaster Sound