Baffin, William

▪ English navigator
born c. 1584, London, Eng.?
died Jan. 23, 1622, Persian Gulf, off the island of Qeshm [now part of Iran]

      navigator (navigation) who searched for the Northwest Passage and gave his name to Baffin Island, now part of the Northwest Territories, Canada, and to the bay (Baffin Bay) separating it from Greenland. His determination of longitude at sea by observing the occultation of a star by the Moon in 1615 is said to have been the first of its kind on record.

      The earliest mention of Baffin (1612) was as a member of Captain James Hall's expedition in search of the Northwest Passage. Aboard the Discovery with Captain Robert Bylot (1615), Baffin explored Hudson Strait, which separates Canada from Baffin Island. In 1616 Baffin again sailed as pilot of the Discovery and penetrated Baffin Bay some 300 miles (483 km) farther than the English navigator John Davis had in 1587. In honour of the patrons of his voyages, he named Lancaster, Smith, and Jones sounds, the straits radiating from the northern head of the bay. There seemed to be no hope, however, of discovering a passage to India by that route.

      Next, in service to the East India Company, he made surveys of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. In 1622, during his final voyage to the Persian Gulf, he was killed in an Anglo-Persian attack on Qeshm.

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