Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition

Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition

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In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his men set out to “penetrate the icy fastness of the north, and to circumnavigate America.” And then they disappeared. The truth about what happened to Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition was shrouded in mystery for more than a century. Then, in 1984, Owen Beattie and his team exhumed two crew members from a burial site in the North for forensic evidence, to shocking results. But the most startling discovery didn’t come until 2014, when a team commissioned by the Canadian government uncovered one of the lost ships: Erebus.

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ISBN-13: 9781771641746
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 563,716
File size: 39 MB
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About the Author

Owen Beattie is a professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta. He has contributed to many forensic investigations in Canada, as well as to human rights and humanitarian projects in Rwanda, Somalia, and Cyprus.

John Grigsby Geiger was born in Ithaca, New York, and graduated in history from the University of Alberta. His work has been translated into eight languages. He is currently the CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Wade Davis is an anthropologist, author, and explorer. He is the author of numerous books, including Into the Silence, Sacred Headwaters and The Wayfinders. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Skeletons

1 King William Island, 29 June 1981 11

2 A Subject of Wonder 18

3 Into the Frozen Seas 36

4 Puny Efforts 47

5 Isthmus of the Graves 58

6 Region of Terror 67

7 Terror Camp Clear 73

8 Scattered Bones 105

9 The Boat Place 118

10 A Doorway Opens 140

Part 2 The Icemen

11 Across the Precipice 151

12 The Face of Death 178

13 The Evidence Mounts 191

14 Hartnell Redux 201

15 The Royal Marine 222

16 Understanding a Disaster 235

Epilogue 244

Afterword 256

Acknowledgements 263

Appendix 1 List of the officers and crews of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror 266

Appendix 2 Major expeditions involved in the search for HMS Erebus and HMS Terror 269

Bibliography 271

Index 278

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