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The Simpson Strait ( ) is a natural, shallow waterway separating King William Islandmarker to the north from Adelaide Peninsulamarker on Nunavutmarker's mainland to the south. The strait, an arm of the Arctic Oceanmarker, connects the Queen Maud Gulfmarker with Rasmussen Basin's Rae Straitmarker.

Simpson Strait measures long and wide, and there are several small islands within it: Albert, Beaver, Boulder, Castor, Chens, Club, Comb, Denille, Dolphin, Eta, Hook, Kilwinning, Pollux, Ristvedt, Saatuq, Sarvaq, and Taupe.

History

George Back reached Simpson Strait in 1834, but did not name it.

In 1836, the Hudson's Bay Company wanted 'to endeavor to complete the discovery and survey of the northern shores of the American continent' and so it sent Thomas Simpson and Peter Warren Dease on an expedition. Simpson and Dease reached the Simpson Strait in 1839, and named it in honor of Simpson.

Roald Amundsen traversed it in 1903 during his first successful Northwest Passage voyage.

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