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To Arthur Dobbs, Rowland Frye, James Douglass, Henry Douglas, John Tomlinson, Robert Macky, William Bowden and Samuel Smith, esq., This chart of the coast where a northwest passage was attempted under their direction in the years 1746 & 1747, is most respectfully dedicated by their agent & very humble servant Henry Ellis [cartographic material] /  


12 Feby. 1748



Place of creation


1 map : ill. , hand col. ; 57 x 45 cm on sheet 71 x 53 cm.

Scope and content

Map shows various routes explored in search of the Northwest passage.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC21058
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #274
Cartographic material
90: Open
274 Item no. assigned by LAC 274
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada. Copyright expired.

Additional information

Relief shown pictorially.

Depths shown by soundings.

"Published according to Act of parliament 12 Feby., 1748".

Includes illustrations of ships and whales.

Includes text describing the various routes examined in search of the passage.

Custodial history
Part of the Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection purchased by the Public Archives of Canada in 1981.

Copy / version note
The microfiche version is NMC 21058.

Exhibitions note
This map was part of an exhibition held at The Royal Ontario Museum, April 1958 entitled "Up North: The Discovery and Mapping of the Canadian Arctic, 1511-1944" showcasing MacDonald's Collection
Treasures of the National Map Collection, Public Archives of Canada : An exhibition of 100 original maps, atlases, globes and architectural plans, 1490-1982, held at the Public Archives of Canada 17 August 1982 to 9 January 1983

Subject heading

1. Northwest Passage - Discovery and exploration - Maps.
2. Arctic regions - Discovery and exploration - Maps.