Pricket sat in his cabin and stared again at his chart. Clearly there was no Northwest Passage and never had been.
They’d been embayed in ice these last six months, starving and riddled with scurvy and flux. With the slow coming of spring they had a chance to take leave of this damnable wasteland, sail away and perhaps even make it back to England.
A knock at his door. “Green and Juet to see you, Mr. Pricket,” said the seaman.
They came in, wan and thin as ghosts.
“Well?” said Pricket.
“Captain Lord Henry wants to try again,” said Juet. “He believes the uppermost estuary has promise.”
“The one we explored last summer? Nonsense. It’s another horsehoe inlet.”
“We agree with you, Mr. Pricket. But the captain…”
“Has clearly taken leave of his senses. Do you agree?”
They stared the deck, saying nothing.
“If we do this thing,” said Pricket softly, “we must do it entirely.”
After spending the winter of 1611 trapped by ice in the present-day Hudson Bay, the starving crew of the Discovery mutinied against its captain, Henry Hudson and allegedly set him, his teenage son, and seven supporters adrift in an open boat. They were never seen again.
Descriptions of the mutiny are one-sided because the only survivors were the mutineers themselves. Navigator Abacuk Pricket kept a journal that was the primary source for the narrative of the mutiny.
According to Pricket, the leaders of the mutiny were Henry Greene and Robert Juet, neither of whom survived the voyage home.
Latter-day historians belive that the story of the boat was a fabrication, and that Hudson and his supporters were in fact murdered in cold blood and dumped into the bay that bears his name.