Sir John Franklin: Expeditions to Destiny

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In 1845, Royal Navy captain Sir John Franklin left England on a quest to fulfill his lifelong dream-the discovery of the Northwest Passage. Along with his ships Erebus and Terror, Franklin and his men vanished into the unforgiving Arctic and passed into legend. This compelling biography follows Franklin through his early sea voyages and arduous overland expeditions in Canada's north to postings in Malta and Tasmania and his tragic final Arctic voyage, retracing the route of the lost ships and recounting the ...

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Overview

In 1845, Royal Navy captain Sir John Franklin left England on a quest to fulfill his lifelong dream-the discovery of the Northwest Passage. Along with his ships Erebus and Terror, Franklin and his men vanished into the unforgiving Arctic and passed into legend. This compelling biography follows Franklin through his early sea voyages and arduous overland expeditions in Canada's north to postings in Malta and Tasmania and his tragic final Arctic voyage, retracing the route of the lost ships and recounting the expedition's agonizing fate. A determined, fearless leader and a skilled navigator, yet branded by failure and judged unlucky, Franklin remains a fascinating and controversial figure to this day.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781927051818
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Introduction 12

Chapter 1 The Boy Sailor 16

Chapter 2 To the Arctic 26

Chapter 3 Rivers, Muskeg and Waterfalls 34

Chapter 4 The Spectre of Cannibalism 49

Chapter 5 Overland to the Polar Sea, Again 59

Chapter 6 A Rainbow in the Mediterranean 70

Chapter 7 Governor of Van Diemen's Land 76

Chapter 8 To the Northwest Passage 85

Chapter 9 Somewhere in the Arctic 94

Chapter 10 An Expedition Disappears 101

Chapter 11 Where is Franklin? 108

Chapter 12 The Answers Begin to Emerge 118

Epilogue 128

Selected Bibliography 136

Index 138

Acknowledgements 140

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