Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

by Paul Watson


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"Intriguing [and] enjoyable." —Ian McGuire, New York Times Book Review

Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1845—whose two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, and their crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice—with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the recent incredible discoveries of the wrecks. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led one of the discovery expeditions, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story and reveals how a combination of faith in Inuit knowledge and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355864
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 597,665
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paul Watson is the author of Where War Lives and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Headliner Award, the George Polk Award, and the Robert Capa Gold medal. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Maps xii

Chronology xvii

Introduction xxi

Part I The Expedition

1 Franklin's Last Mission 3

2 HMS Erebus and Terror 22

3 Frozen In 34

Part II The Hunt

4 The Hunt Begins 57

5 Lady Franklin's Mission 86

6 The Arctic Committee 109

7 Ghost Ships 133

8 Starvation Cove 146

Part III The Discovery

9 An Inuk Detective 177

10 He Who Takes Long Strides 202

11 Operation Franklin 231

12 The Hunt Goes Underwater 248

13 Skull Island 273

14 Fast Ice 286

15 "That's It!" 307

16 Terror Bay 324

17 An Offering to the Dead 337

Afterword 343

Acknowledgments 347

Source Notes 349

Credits 369

Index 371

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