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'Ice island (with Resolution)'

'Ice island (with Resolution)'

This image is by William Hodges, who travelled on British navigator James Cook's second voyage from 1772 to 1775. The Resolution went as far south as Cook dared, reaching a latitude of 71° 10' south and longitude 106° 54'  west on 30 January 1774. It had travelled past ice floes and reached pack ice. In his journal Cook wrote, 'I will not say that it was impossible anywhere to get in among this Ice, but I will assert that the bare attempting of it would be a very dangerous enterprise'. The Resolution was then in the most difficult part of the southern ocean; it would be many decades before its journey was replicated.

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Wash drawing by William Hodges

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Nigel Roberts, 'Antarctica and New Zealand - Voyages of discovery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012