(1807–1873), British naval officer who participated in the Franklin Search. As captain of HMS Investigator, McClure was credited with the discovery of the Northwest Passage during the Franklin Search voyage of 1849–1854. As a result, a parliamentary committee awarded £10,000 to the officers and men of the Investigator, and McClure received a knighthood. He rose from obscurity to almost dazzling heights.
From The Oxford Companion to World Exploration in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: World History.