Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition / Edition 3

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Re-released to coincide with the discovery of one of the lost Franklin Expedition ships.

Frozen in Time tells the dramatic story of how Sir John Franklin’s elite naval forces came within sight of the Northwest Passage, only to succumb to unimaginable horrors. A gripping tale of cannibalism, bureaucratic hubris, great courage and ground-breaking science, it shows how the excavation of three sailors from the 1845–48 Franklin expedition, buried for 138 years on the Arctic headland of Beechey Island, has shed new light on what has been one of the world’s great maritime mysteries.

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Editorial Reviews

Peter Gorner
Chilling…will keep you up nights turning pages.
The Chicago Tribune
Toni Holt
A superb account.
Manchester Evening News
Alan Taylor
Frozen in time is the most remarkable book I have read all year.
The List)
M. R. Carroll
We all gaze in wonderment at the photographs of these men. They make the past real, too real. They are history made flesh.
The Globe and Mail
Publishers Weekly
The discovery of the wreck of British explorer Sir John Franklin's ship The Erebus in the fall of 2014 is likely to renew interest in this book, first published in 1987 by forensic anthropologist Beattie and Geiger, now CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and fortuitously reprinted before the shipwreck was discovered. Franklin was appointed to lead an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic through the Arctic to the Pacific, but the expedition was lost in 1848. A number of relief expeditions revealed only scant information about the fate of Franklin and his crew, and the mystery remained for almost a century. This historical retelling is complemented by an account of the expedition led by Beattie in the 1980s, during which the remains of some crew members were found. It provided important evidence to answer questions about what ultimately killed the men and whether in desperation they resorted to cannibalism. The authors present a richly researched history of the expedition and the following relief expeditions and seamlessly merge the worlds of forensic anthropology and 19th-century history. Reading almost like a whodunit page-turner, Beattie and Geiger capture the thrill of making new scientific discoveries and finding important clues to solve a haunting mystery. Agent: Westwood Creative Artists. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553650607
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet 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. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta. John Geiger graduated in history from the University of Alberta. His work has been translated into eight languages. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, he lives in Toronto. Margaret Atwood is one of the world's preeminent writers — shortlisted five times for the Booker Prize, and winning one as well. She lives in Toronto.
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Table of Contents

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
Acknowledgements 256
Appendix 1 List of the officers and crews of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror 259
Appendix 2 Major expeditions involved in the search for HMS Erebus and HMS Terror 262
Bibliography 264
Index 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2002


    I had to read it for a university paper and couldn't put it down! it was so good...and the information was so concise. it was awsome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    A wonderful journey through the unfortunate Franklin's fate

    I had not heard about John Franklin's journey in search for the Northwest passage until I found out this impressive Dr. Beattie's work. It has been difficult to get away of this book everyday when I realized that there were pages left to go through, new discoveries, new conclusions... What this book has done to me is to get involved into this authentic but amazing tale of pain, strenght, hope and dead...

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