Hi DenC Yes indeed we refer to the same island North-East of Murmansk. Late 16th century the Dutch tried (of-course without succes) to find a Northern searoute to the East Indies. After 2 unsuccesfull expeditions the provinces of Holland and Zeeland refused to spend money for a thirth try. But the city of Amsterdam was willing to finance it. In May 1596 two ships sailed to the North. The ships were under command of Jacob van Heemskerck and Jan Cornelisz de Rijp. They got the assistance from pilot and navigator Willem Barentsz. It was his 3rd journey to the North. Far North they got a serious difference of opinion about the best course to sail. One ship turned home. The other under command of J. van Heemskerck and under advice by W. Barentsz set sail to the North-cape of Nova Zembla with the intention to sail from there further East. End August 1596, heavy ice blockade the further journey. They were able to sail back and arrived at the East coast of Nova Zembla where the growing sea-ice crushed the ship. The crew was able to bring the ship-supply on land and drove away the icebears with flourish of trumpets. The wood of the crushed ship was used to build a blockhut. During the whole polarwinter the men stayed in their blockhut and the most of them survived because the great leadership skill of Willem Barentsz. And the men had the luck that the liveboat with a small sail stayed intact. In June 1597 the survivors set course to the North-cape of Nova Zembla and from there to Kola. After a horribly more then 1200 miles journey, rowing and sailing in their open liveboat, they meet during the end of August near Kola by huge co-incidence the ship of Jan Cornelisz de Rijp. He came back to look what was happened with the other ship. De Rijp didn't expected to see the men of Jacob van Heemskerck back alive. Unfortunly, navigator Willem Barentsz didn't survive the journey in the liveboat back to Kola. If you look in your atlasmap you can see that the sea West of Nova Zembla and North of Murmansk is named the Barents(z) Sea to remember him and this true happened story. Some years ago a group of Russian and Dutch archaeologist found back the remainder of the blockhut at Nova Zembla.