Kellett, Sir Henry
Sir Henry Kellett, naval officer, arctic explorer (b at Clonabody, Ire 2 Nov 1806; d there 1 Mar 1875). Kellett joined the British navy in 1822 and served in the West Indies and on survey vessels in Africa, the Far East and Central America. From 1846 to 1850 he commanded Resolute
as part of the expedition led by Sir Edward BELCHER
to search for Sir John Franklin (see FRANKLIN SEARCH
) in the eastern Arctic. In the winter of 1853 his ships were trapped by ice in Barrow Strait, and in April 1854, under protest, he obeyed an order to abandon them; a later court-martial quickly absolved him of responsibility for this action. Denied credit and a share of the reward for his role in the discovery of the NORTHWEST PASSAGE
, he subsequently served in the West Indies and China.
Links to Other Sites
A profile of British naval officer Henry Kellett. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see images of the British naval vessels in the Canadian Arctic.
A fascinating biography of Royal Navy officer Henry Kellett. From the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.