Grinnell Land

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Fort Conger in Grinnel Land, May 20, 1883

Grinnell Land is the central section of Ellesmere Island in the northernmost part of Nunavut territory in Canada.[1] It was named for Henry Grinnell, a shipping magnate from New York, who in the 1850s helped finance two expeditions to search for Franklin's lost expedition.[2]

The name was given by Captain Edwin De Haven during the First Grinnell Expedition upon sighting the high grounds in September 1850. He beheld the landmass on the 22nd of that month, which was distinguished by its mountain tops which were seen to be "rising above the clouds."[3] De Haven went on to substantiate the name in his official report of the voyage, dated October 1851.

Grinnell Land is part of Quttinirpaaq National Park.

Fort Conger is located the northern shore of Lady Franklin Bay in Grinnell Land, across Bellot Island.


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition, p. 450.
  2. ^ Mowat, Farley. The Polar Passion: The Quest for the North Pole. 1967: McClelland and Stewart, p. 29
  3. ^ Kane, Elisha Kent (1857). The United States Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin. Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co. p. 201. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 


  • Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 1997. ISBN 0-87779-546-0.

Coordinates: 80°0′N 77°0′W / 80.000°N 77.000°W / 80.000; -77.000