Thomas James(1593?-1635), Arctic explorer; author of the book 'The Strange and Dangerous Voyage of Captain Thomas James' (1633)
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In 1631, Captain James sailed from Bristol to search for a north-west passage to Asia on behalf of the Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers. Pack ice prevented him from reaching further than 62 degrees north, but he and his crew over-wintered in Hudson Bay, sinking the boat to protect it from the ice. Returning safely, having lost only three men to accidents, James published a book about his experiences, which became a popular success. Coleridge adapted some of his imagery describing arctic conditions for use in his poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'
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pen and ink after engraving, circa 1633