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PostPosted: December 8th, 2005, 11:24 am 
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John Rae was in the eastern Arctic (Repulse Bay/Pelly Bay) in the 1800s.

He used the names Castor and Pollux for two rivers.

Does anyone know where these rivers are or if they now have different names?


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PostPosted: December 8th, 2005, 3:50 pm 
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Is this the one you are looking for?

From the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre's geographic names database:

http://pwnhc.learnnet.nt.ca/databases/geodb.htm

"Castor and Pollux River Name: Castor and Pollux River
Feature type: River
Approval date (dd/mm/yy): 30/05/80
Latitude: 682840
Longitude: 0935320
Map sheet number: 57B
Origin/History:

Named by Simpson after the two boats used by Dease and Simpson in 1829- "so perfectly alike and admirable were they, that they were honoured with the classical appellations of the twins, Castor and Pollux".

From the Dictionary of Canadian Biography online:

"On 31 March 1854 Rae set off on his journey westward, making for the isthmus of Boothia Peninsula. At Pelly Bay on 21 April he met an Inuk and from him heard about a party of white men who, four years earlier, had perished from starvation near the mouth of a large river a long distance to the west. This information did not, however, induce Rae to abandon the object of his journey. He continued westward until he reached Dease and Simpson’s cairn at the Castor and Pollux River"

Regards,

Jmc


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PostPosted: December 8th, 2005, 7:38 pm 
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I would like to add that Ken McGoogan's "Fatal Passage" is a biography of John Rae, a hero to many of us, estimable in very respect.
For Thomas Simpson (less than estimable in at least one respect), I know only of his "Narrative", not easily available.
Yours in paddling, Allan


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PostPosted: December 12th, 2005, 12:52 pm 
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Many thanks for the wonderful link. You found the rivers.


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