Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22

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First published in 1823, this book narrates the disastrous expedition undertaken by Naval officer and Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin up the Coppermine River in North America. Franklin (1786–1847) and nineteen others set out in 1819, initially with guides from the Hudson Bay Company until the journey continued overland, when they relied on Native Americans as guides. The party ran short of supplies and, lacking adequate knowledge for survival, were reduced to eating lichens. One of the party was suspected of ...

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First published in 1823, this book narrates the disastrous expedition undertaken by Naval officer and Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin up the Coppermine River in North America. Franklin (1786–1847) and nineteen others set out in 1819, initially with guides from the Hudson Bay Company until the journey continued overland, when they relied on Native Americans as guides. The party ran short of supplies and, lacking adequate knowledge for survival, were reduced to eating lichens. One of the party was suspected of eating the bodies of the nine men who had died of exposure and starvation, and two more were killed in a subsequent skirmish. The book was immediately popular on publication and quickly became a travel literature classic. Franklin undertook a second, more successful Arctic journey (the account of which is also published in this series) before setting out on his final expedition of 1845, which ended in tragedy and enduring mystery.

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1. Departure from England; 2. Passage up Hayes', Steel, and Hill Rivers; 3. Dr Richardson's residence at Cumberland-House; 4. Leave Cumberland-House; 5. Transactions at Fort Chipewyan; 6. Mr. Hood's journey to the Basquian Hills; 7. Departure from Chipewyan; 8. Transactions at Fort Enterprise; 9. Continuation of proceedings at Fort Enterprise; 10. Departure from Fort Enterprise; 11. Navigation of the Polar Sea, in two canoes, as far as Cape Turnagain, to the eastward, a distance exceeding five hundred and fifty miles; 12. Journey across the Barren Grounds; Appendix: 1. Geognostical observations John Richardson; 2. General remarks on the Aurora Borealis; On the Aurora Borealis at Cumberland-House Robert Hood; Observations on the magnetic needle at Cumberland-House Robert Hood; 3. Observations on the Aurora at Fort Enterprise John Franklin; Notices of the appearances of the Aurora at Fort Enterprise John Franklin; Observations on the deviations of the magnetic needle; On the Aurora Borealis at Fort Enterprise Robert Hood; Remarks on the Aurora Borealis John Richardson; 4. Remarks and tables connected with astronomical observations; 5. Zoological appendix Joseph Sabine; 6. Notices of the fishes John Richardson; 7. Botanical appendix John Richardson.

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