Name

Martin Frobisher

Career

Explorer/Cartographer

Occupation 1

Explorer

Occupation 2

English

Identifier

Northwest Passage

Region

Artic/Antarctic
Era
Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Born

1535

Died

1594

Text

Born in Yorkshire and early on a sailor; of doubtful literacy. Likely a pirate in 1560s. One of Elizabeth I's "sea dogs," and tenacious seeker after a Northwest passage. First attempt in 1576 aboard the Gabriel (30 tons) and accompanied by the Michael (25 tons) and a pinnace (10 tons). Combined crew of 39. Reached 62N (Frobisher Bay) and blocked.

Tried again in 1577 aboard the Aid (200 tons), and a third attempt in 1578, with 15 ships

Source

Related Vessels

Gabriel, Aid (1577)