Boothia, Gulf of
The Gulf of Boothia is entered through Prince Regent Inlet. To the east it is bounded by the northwest coast of BAFFIN ISLAND, and to the west by the BOOTHIA PENINSULA. Depths are generally about 275 m, decreasing southward. The gulf was named after Felix Booth, a wealthy London distiller, who in 1829 sponsored the Sir John ROSS expedition, which first explored the gulf in an ill-fated attempt to find the NORTHWEST PASSAGE. In fact, the Boothia Peninsula bars any passage farther west from the gulf.