C/ ALTERNATIVE ROUTE through BELLOT STRAIT 225 Miles
This is a prospect only if ice conditions in Prince Regent Inlet on the east and Franklin Strait on the west, look good. Decision Period is Cape Sherrard to Beechey Island.
From Beechey Island, (must see) there is no distance saving as between Peel Sound and Prince Regent Inlet.
Prince Leopold Island west side WP is 74º 00 N 90º20 W 50 miles
Batty Bay (Kennedy wintered here 1851-52)
WP 73º 14 N 91º15 W 55 miles
Fury Beach (Parry's Fury lost here in 1825) 30 miles
Possession Point WP 72º 00 N 94º 00 W 60 miles
Anchor in Depot Bay, opposite Fort Ross. 6 miles
· Study tide. High and Low Water. R&F is 2.9 m.
· Hike to Mount Walker 5.5 K, distant, 280 m, to view down channel.
· Study stream, eastward and westward.
Stream is west-going HW-2 hrs to HW + 4 hrs
East-going LW-2 to LW + 4
Maximum 8 knots.
Check for Spring tide – Neap Tide.
Distance Depot bay West side 18 miles.
If possible (?) to go north of Fox Islands (away from Magpie Rock) to Rum Cove and await good conditions.
Sailing Directions describe contrary streams on north and south of the strait, with shore to shore whirlpools at Magpie Rock. Current slackened 1 mile westward.
Depart Fox Islands at LW +2, to stem the general stream for 2 hours but expect a strong westward eddy.
Possible refuge at Halfway Island.
Arrive at Western end with westward flow, carrying ice from the western mouth.
Note the bight inside Leask Point, possible poor refuge, or False Strait, if accessible.
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