The Trade Route to the White Sea

The North Cape

Stephen Borough (1525-1584) was the master of the vessel, Edward Bonaventure, during the 1553 English expedition. It was he who named a 300-meter tall cliff the North Cape, as his ship sailed past this area in early August 1553. The designation - the North Cape - was first drawn on a map dating from the 1570s. This map was created by Stephen's brother, William Borough (1536-1599), who also participated on this trail-blazing polar expedition of 1553.

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