Gaspar And Miguel Corte-Real
In 1501, Gaspar Corte-Real, the son of Joao Vaz Corte-Real (a failed Azorean explorer), set sail from Portugal with the goal of exploring the land and tributaries around the newly found, eh,…Newfoundland. Upon reaching the coast of the new landmass, a storm separated the fleet and the ship carrying Gaspar was swept away and never seen again. In 1502, desperate to find Gaspar, his brother Miguel set off on an almost identical expedition to the New World. After searching around Labrador and Newfoundland, the three ships decided to split up so they could search a wider area (I think I have seen this movie before). Predictably, at the pre-agreed rendezvous point a month later, Miguel’s ship never turned up and it appeared that the North American coast had claimed another Corte-Real brother. Astoundingly(or perhaps in a laudable example of brotherly love), a third brother called Vasco Corte-Real started to prepare yet another voyage to find his lost brothers, only for the Portuguese king to step in and ban him from his certain doom.
Theories abound at what happened to the two brothers but the strongest one maintains that they may have entered the Hudson Bay only to get caught in the sea ice as the weather worsened. Alternatively, a giant sea monster with a dislike for the Corte-Real family was snatching them and keeping them in his fridge. Either way, it signalled the end of the Portuguese exploration of the Arctic North.