We have always been curious about everything that surrounds us, and thus we have become the most evolved species on Earth. Many explorers braved unimaginable peril in order to find out the limits and wonders of our world. Every part of the map of the world has been charted thanks to the efforts of special people. While the most successful ones managed to settle down after their adventures, there were a couple of explorers who mysteriously disappeared, never to be found again. By their own foolishness, attitude or simply by fate, these following explorers never found their way home.
1. Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson is one of the extraordinary explorers who mysteriously disappeared in the frozen Arctic. Born in Great Britain, Hudson set out in 1607 to find a particular Northwest Passage that supposedly could be used as a route for ships from Europe sailing to the Indies. The passage was located in the Russian Arctic, the only northern place where the waters were not frozen. Hudson’s first mission was sponsored by English Muscovy Company. However, he was stopped in his tracks by ice fields near the Novaya Zemlya and Svalbard archipelagos, once in 1607 and again in the following year. However, Dutch East India Company hired Hudson to give him another chance, which proved fruitless once more. Thus, the British explorer turned his attention towards North America and explored the Hudson River. Encouraged by his success, Hudson set out once again to find the Northwest Passage. He set sail in 1610 aboard the Discovery ship and passed right through the Hudson Strait and the Hudson Bay. However, the harsh winter in Northern Canada lowered the morale of the crew, and Hudson did not manage the situation thoroughly. He was indecisive, he played favourites and he hoarded food. As a result, the surviving members of the crew organized a mutiny. Hudson, his son and seven other members were left in a small boat in Hudson’s Bay, and were never again found.
2. George Bass
Naval surgeon George Bass had the brightest idea when he decided to become an explorer, as he is now considered one of the best maritime explorers of Australia. During his lifetime, he managed to sail an extraordinary 11,200 miles (18,000 kilometers) of coastline. In 1795 he was joined by sailor Matthew Flinders for exploring the strange Australian continent. For their first trip they had to make do with a boat slightly bigger than a bathtub named Tom Thumb. Their next explorations led them to Tasmania. This marked one of the greatest discoveries of all time, that Tasmania was an island and not a continent as previously believed. The area separating Australia and Tasmania is now called the Bass Strait. Unfortunately, he joined the ranks of explorers who mysteriously disappeared when he decided to sell illegal cargo to South America. The expedition never made it there, so it is believed the ship sunk along the way. However, some thought he was captured and forced to work in the silver mines of Peru.
3. Francisco De Hoces
In 1525, Jofre de Loaisa set out in an expedition on the trail of Magellan by passing by the southern limit of South America and continued across the Pacific Ocean. The expedition was quite famous because it was the second time someone managed to completely go around the Earth. Juan Sebastian Elcano was also present, but he unfortunately died of scurvy during the crossing of the Pacific. Francisco de Hoces was one of the sailors who was part of the crew. He commanded the San Lesmes ship, which was caught in a terrific storm in the Strait of Magellan and ended up separated from the fleet. De Hoces found himself lost and quite close to Antarctica. As a result, he and his crew truly are the first Europeans to see the ocean south of Tierra del Fuego. After some time de Hoces managed to rejoin the expedition, but was once again blown away by a gale, just after passing through the Strait of Magellan. San Lesmes disappeared from the view of the fleet and from the rest of history, as no one ever heard of it ever again. However, theories about explorers who mysteriously disappeared always arise. This time, writer Robert Langdon linked the Spanish cannons from the 16th century discovered on Amanu Atoll, near Tahiti, to the lost ship. In his view, de Hoces threw the cannons on Amanu and explored the Pacific islands, and only after attempted to return to Spain. However, as his destiny was to be blown off course, he ended up in New Zealand and decided to settle there.