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When is an island not an island?
"John Rae (1846-7), acting on a suggestion made by Franklin in 1828 and 1836, and under a commission from the Hudson Bay Company, traced on foot the whole coast between Fury and Hecla Strait on the summit of Melville Peninsula, and the base of Boothia Peninsula, thus joining Parry's north-western with Ross's easternmost limits. He passed the winter at the base of Melville Peninsula, which was a low isthmus, thenceforth called Rae Isthmus, forty miles across and seven-eighths lake, like that which formed the base of Boothia Peninsula; and in both cases there were two lines of lake across the isthmus. "
Source: http://www.archive.org/stream/canadaptiiigeogr00rogerich/canadaptiiigeogr00rogerich_djvu.txt
--Guy Macon (talk) 12:42, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
That's Melville Island (Northwest Territories and Nunavut). Nikkimaria (talk) 14:36, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
Oops. That Mellville sure did get around! --Guy Macon (talk) 18:15, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
A better answer to the island question: HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen. Or, for a more in-depth view, look at cracked.com. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 16:21, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Har har, yeah that was a good one. Shame the ship article isn't an FA yet. Should we badger Sturmvogel? — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:45, 25 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Dutch ships aren't the easiest to find sources for, especially a minesweeper. ;-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:18, 25 July 2012 (UTC)
  • True, true... you'd probably have to be in-country to get the data... if it's been declassified. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:45, 25 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Most likely. Not much gets written about Dutch ships in English, and there isn't an abundance of it in Dutch either. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 07:52, 26 July 2012 (UTC)