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ROSS, James Clark (1800-1862) Arctic Explorer


Born London. He was of Scottish lineage, his uncle being the explorer Sir John Ross, whom he accompanied on his first Arctic voyage. He served under his uncle again during his second Arctic exploration, during which they located the position of Magnetic North. Following his promotion to captain he commanded his own voyages to the Arctic and made many discoveries. The British Arctic Survey’s research ship RRS James Clark Ross is named after him.

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