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An Arctic Expedition in Watercolor

The crew of HMS Investigator included Lieutenant Samuel Gurney Cresswell, a Royal Navy officer and painter. Here are selections from a series of watercolor paintings Cresswell made to document the expedition, its time trapped in ice, and its eventual rescue. To read more about the expedition and the discovery of the shipwreck, see "Saga of the Northwest Passage," March/April 2012.