Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship

Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship

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by Martin W. Sandler
     
 

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A riveting true adventure story….
An award-winning, bestselling author…
A page-turner that’s impossible to put down.
 

Almost everyone knows the photo of John F. Kennedy, Jr., as a young boy, peering out from under his father’s desk in the Oval Office. But few realize that the desk itself

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A riveting true adventure story….
An award-winning, bestselling author…
A page-turner that’s impossible to put down.
 

Almost everyone knows the photo of John F. Kennedy, Jr., as a young boy, peering out from under his father’s desk in the Oval Office. But few realize that the desk itself plays a part in one of the world’s most extraordinary mysteries—a dramatic tale that has never before been told in its full scope. Acclaimed historian Martin Sandler—a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, winner of seven Emmy® Awards, and author of more than 50 books—finally brings the entire story to light. This amazing high-seas adventure encompasses the search for the Northwest Passage in the early 1800s; a renowned explorer and his crew of 128 men who vanish during an 1845 expedition; 39 incredible, heroic attempted rescue missions; a ghost ship that drifts for more than 1,200 miles; a queen’s gratitude; and that famous desk. Fascinating rare photographs, paintings, engravings, and maps illustrate the book throughout.

It all began when, in one of the biggest news stories of the 19th century, Sir John Franklin and his ships the Erebus and the Terror disappeared while attempting to locate the fabled Northwest Passage. At the request of Franklin’s wife, Lady Jane, the first mission set out from England in hopes of finding him; many others followed in its wake, none successful.

Among these was the Resolute, the finest vessel in Queen Victoria’s Navy. But in 1854 it became locked in Arctic ice and was abandoned by its captain. A year later, a Connecticut whaler discovered it 1,200 miles away—drifting and deserted, a 600-ton ghost ship. He and his small crew boarded the Resolute, and steered it through a ferocious hurricane back to New London, Connecticut. The United States government then reoutfitted the ship and returned it to the thankful Queen. In 1879, when the Resolute was finally retired, she had the best timbers made into a desk for then-President Rutherford B. Hayes. It is still used by U.S. presidents today...one of the most celebrated pieces of furniture in the White House.

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Library Journal
The prolific Sandler, who has authored many history books for children, tells an exciting tale of exploration and adventure so filled with mystery, tragedy, and speculation that, at first read, it seems almost too incredible to be true. The quest to find the elusive Northwest Passage (an Atlantic-Pacific sea route north of Canada) was an obsession held by many in 19th-century Britain. The search led to great discoveries, created veritable heroes, and resulted in tremendous loss, including the disappearance of a celebrated 1845 expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The story that sets this book apart from so many others about the hunt for the Northwest Passage is its focus on the HMS Resolute, one of Britain's finest naval vessels built to withstand Arctic conditions. In 1852, it set out on a mission to trace the fate of the Franklin expedition and ultimately served to bind two nations together. Sandler expertly weaves letters, logs, and other sources from crew members and various key players into an immensely readable book that carries the story of the Resolute up to our times and into the White House. Illustrations, photographs, and maps aid in the visualization of this saga, recommended for all libraries. Susanne Markgren, Purchase Coll., SUNY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402781537
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/21/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
542,769
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults and has written and produced seven television series. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won multiple Emmy Awards. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Lanceradvanced More than 1 year ago
A solid history of the quest for the Northeast passage, and the history of Arctic exploration. I found it a companion to Dan Simmon's "The Terror" and Cussler's "Arctic Drift"
10177126 3 months ago
This is more of a history of exploration of the North Pole, and rescue missions to rescue the explorers. The HMS Resolute isn't really mentioned until chapter 8. It reads more like a lecture than an adventure story.
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Fascinating description of the age of arctic exploration.
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lady_solace More than 1 year ago
So, right now, I'm obsessed with anything Arctic. Novels, non-fiction, anything. Which is why I picked up this little volume. It's a quick read, fairly easy, with lots of luscious little end notes full of information and biographies. It gives an overview of various expeditions up to the John Franklin expedition, which is mysteriously lost. And then in moves from sheer exploration to explore and rescue, and the various misadventures of all the teams involved. They writing is choppy and simple, but the information more than makes up for that, because it's just so INTERESTING. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a nit-picking historian that wants every 'I' dotted and every 'T' crossed, go away. This book is not for you. But if you're like the rest of us, who get caught up in the great sweep of a terrific story, then this is a wonderful book you will really enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately early in the story the author makes a grave geographical mistake. On page 40 he mistakes Point Turnagain with the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet many thousands of miles away. Not being intimately familiar with the story of HMS Resolute, this sloppiness in fact checking calls into question the reliability of any of the other points the author attempts to make.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Sandler appears to have rushed this work, probably working to a publisher's deadline. The book is riddled with errors - he needs to check his Latin - 'per Mare' means by sea not by mud! One should never say THE HMS, a common American mistake.This wonderful story needed to be told with greater respect and reverence - I would refer readers to 'HMS Resolute' by author Elizabeth Matthews for a more accurate recounting of this tale: even though it is in novel form it appears to be more thoroughly researched than Mr. Sandler's effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about this book. I couldn't lay in down. Martin Sandler compiled information about Artic exploration in the past 100 years that I didn't even know existed. If you enjoy reading exciting history, then this book is for you.