- Also known as
Lt William Hulme Hooper
primary name: Hooper, William Hulme
- individual; military/naval; British; Male
- Life dates
- British naval officer aboard the HMS Plover expedition to the Bering Strait
Passed examination at Portsmouth. November 1847, appointed mate of the Plover, under Commander Thomas E. L. Moore. Plover was one of the earliest vessels sent out to search for and relieve Sir John Franklin: orders to pass through Bering Strait and examine the coast eastwards. Sailed from Plymouth on 30 January 1848; from Honolulu on 25 August. 15 October off Chutsky Nos; next day went into Port Providence, where she wintered. Hooper led a party along the coast as far as Cape Atcheen, and through the winter mixed with the local people, whom he called Tuski, and whose language he learned. The following summer the Plover moved over to Kotzebue Sound, and near Icy Cape, on 25 July 1849, her two boats, under the command of Lieutenants Pullen and Hooper (who, though he did not know it, had been promoted lieutenant on 12 May), left the ship for a voyage along the coast. This they examined as far as the mouth of the Mackenzie River, and, going up it, Hooper wintered (1849–50) on the shores of Bear Lake, close to Fort Franklin; Pullen travelled a little further up the river and wintered at Fort Simpson. In the summer of 1850 they travelled down river and examined the coast as far as Cape Bathurst. They returned to Fort Simpson, where they both wintered (1850–51). Leaving their boats they later travelled overland to New York, and reached England in October 1851.
Hooper's health had given way under the hardships of three Arctic winters, and he became a confirmed invalid, relieving the tedium of his illness by writing an account of the expedition.
- Ten months among the tents of the Tuski, with incidents of an Arctic boat expedition in search of Sir John Franklin (1853).