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BYLOT, or BYLOR, Robert, British navigator, lived in the 17th century. He was commanding officer of the exploring expeditions that William Baffin accompanied as pilot. His name is often spelled Bylor in ancient and modern prints. To Baffin is properly ascribed the credit of the famous voyages of 1615-'6; but prior to this Bylot had made three voyages of exploration to the northwest in the "Discovery," a ship of fifty-five tons. To him was apparently entrusted the administrative and executive responsibilities of the voyage, while Baffin was in a sense the expert regarding signs of sea, sky, and coast-lines.
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