John Ross. A voyage of discovery made under the orders of the Admiralty, in His Majesty's ships Isabella and Alexander, for the purpose of exploring Baffin's Bay, and inquiring into the probability of a north-west passage. London, 1819.
This account of the first arctic voyage of Sir John Ross (1777-1856) marked a resurgence of British interest in the search for the north-west passage, and inaugurated the great arctic explorations and discoveries of the nineteenth century. Sailing some distance into Lancaster Sound, Ross sited a range of mountains blocking further passage.
These he named the Croker Mountains in honour of the first secretary of the Admiralty, J.W.Croker. On his return to England, Ross was promoted. Unfortunately the Croker Mountains very soon turned out to be nothing more than a mirage. His reputation seriously discredited, Ross was never again given command of an official government expedition. The present account includes detailed descriptions of the ‘Arctic Highlanders’ (Inuit).