The last voyage of Henry Hudson

William Greatbach. “The last voyage of Henry Hudson”. Steel engraving, after a painting by John Collier. London, ca. 1860.

Henry Hudson set out with a crew of 21 men in 1610, managed to navigate through what is now Hudson Strait, and discovered Hudson Bay. After great hardship wintering in James Bay, his crew mutinied, and Hudson, his son, and eight crew members were set adrift in an open boat. Only eight men made it back to England.

There is no contemporary portrait of Hudson. This evocative image of suffering and hopelessness was made 250 years after his death.

Gift of George Weston Ltd.