[This document is annotation to the author's transcription of Charles Dickens's "The Lost Arctic Voyagers" (1854).]

Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) had first-hand experience as a Greenland whaler before he joined the British Navy as an instructor at Greenwich. Appointed in 1792 as private secretary to Lord Macartney, the British envoy to China, he travelled to the Cape Colony in 1797, and subsequently published several travel books about his experiences in Africa and China (1801-04). As Second Secretary to the Admiralty (1804-45), he promoted arctic exploration and founded the Royal Geographical Society in 1830. Barrow Strait and Point Barrow in the Canadian Arctic and Cape Barrow in the Antarctic are named after him.

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Chambers Biographical Dictionary, ed. Una McGovern. Edinburgh: Chambers Harrap, 2003.

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