Finding Franklin

Finding Franklin

The Untold Story of A 165-year Search

Book - 2016
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In 2014 media around the world buzzed with news that an archaeological team from Parks Canada had located and identified the wreck of HMS Erebus, the flagship of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Finding Franklin outlines the larger story and the cast of detectives from every walk of life that led to the discovery, solving one of the Arctic's greatest mysteries. In compelling and accessible prose, Russell Potter details his decades of work alongside key figures in the era of modern searches for the expedition and elucidates how shared research and ideas have led to a fuller understanding of the Franklin crew's final months. Illustrated with numerous images and maps from the last two centuries, Finding Franklin recounts the more than fifty searches for traces of his ships and crew, and the dedicated, often obsessive, men and women who embarked on them. Potter discusses the crucial role that Inuit oral accounts, often cited but rarely understood, played in all of these searches, and continue to play to this day, and offers historical and cultural context to the contemporary debates over the significance of Franklin's achievement. While examination of HMS Erebus will undoubtedly reveal further details of this mystery, Finding Franklin assembles the stories behind the myth and illuminates what is ultimately a remarkable decades-long discovery.
Publisher: Montreal :, McGill-Queen's University Press,, 2016, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780773547841
Branch Call Number: 919. 8 POT
Characteristics: xvi, 262 pages : illustrations, maps : 25 cm


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Jan 28, 2017

"Finding Franklin" needs larger better modern maps with numbered sites showing where Franklin relics have been found or reported. Also, this book needs more images of Victorian art illustrating the public's dread of the Franklin expedition's fate.

It seems that Russell Potter (like most authors) supports the theory that the Franklin expedition went on a Death March pulling sledges with lifeboats with luxury goods southward along the coast of King William Island. IMHO, I would rate "Finding Franklin" at only 3.0 stars.

I find David C. Woodman's proposal, outlined in his book "Unravelling the Franklin Mystery: Inuit Testimony," to be much more enlightening.

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