In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his men set out to “penetrate the icy fastness of the north, and to circumnavigate America.” And then they disappeared. The truth about what happened to Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition was shrouded in mystery for more than a century. Then, in 1984, Owen Beattie and his team exhumed two crew members from a burial site in the North for forensic evidence, to shocking results. But the most startling discovery didn’t come until 2014, when a team commissioned by the Canadian government uncovered one of the lost ships: Erebus.
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About 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.
John Grigsby Geiger was born in Ithaca, New York, and graduated in history from the University of Alberta. His work has been translated into eight languages. He is currently the CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Wade Davis is an anthropologist, author, and explorer. He is the author of numerous books, including Into the Silence, Sacred Headwaters and The Wayfinders. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”
Table of Contents
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
Appendix 1 List of the officers and crews of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror 266
Appendix 2 Major expeditions involved in the search for HMS Erebus and HMS Terror 269
What People are Saying About This
A cautionary tale of scholarly merit.
A remarkable piece of forensic detection.
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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...