North-West Passage

The Arctic North-East and West Passage

The Arctic North-East and West Passage by Hessel Gerrtsz An 1878 translation of an early work from 1612-13 Available at:

Canadian Arctic Exploration Voyages

Detailed maps of voyages in the Canadian Arctic from 16th to 19th Century are available on the Canada Arctic website at: These also contain chronological lists of voyages.

Across the Northwest Passage: The Larsen Expeditions 1940-1944

The transit of the North-West Passage in 1940-42 and again in 1943-44 by the RMCP vessel St. Roch  under Corporal Henry Larsen is described on the Arctic Institute of North America website at:  

Polar Imperative

Polar Imperative – A history of Arctic Sovereignty in North America by Shelagh D. Grant Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, 2010 “Polar Imperative is a definitive overview of many countries’ attempts to claim sovereign rights over the polar regions of North America.”… Read More »Polar Imperative

The A to Z of the Discovery of the Northwest Passage

The A to Z of the Discovery of the Northwest Passage by Alan Day. As the name implies an encyclopaedia like series of entries relating to the exploration of the North-West Passage. Contains an extensive bibliography.

Henry Hudson the Navigator

Henry Hudson the Navigator: the Original Documents in which his Career is recorded. Collected, partly Translated, and Annotated, with an Introduction, by G. M. Asher, LL.D. 1860. Published by Hakluyt Society  First Series – Part 1 – Number 27