Ernest James Gall (Scotty Gall) was my Great Uncle. He left Aberdeenshire to search out a better life in Canada. He worked for the Hudsons' Bay Company but I never knew that he was the first person to navigate a vessel through the Bellot Straits of the Northwest Passage in one season. As of 2010 I also have a good "detective" friend from Canada, George Duddy, digging up interesting facts about Scotty Gall's life. Thank you, George, for all your help and encouragement throughout this project.