Sir John Franklin and the Arctic Regions: A Narrative Showing the Progress of the British Enterprise for the Discovery of the North-West Passage during the Nineteenth Century

Sir John Franklin and the Arctic Regions: A Narrative Showing the Progress of the British Enterprise for the Discovery of the North-West Passage during the Nineteenth Century

by Peter Lund Simmonds


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In May 1845, the famous Arctic explorer John Franklin (1786–1847) embarked on another attempt to find the elusive North-West Passage. He never returned from this voyage, and was last seen by whalers in Baffin Bay in July 1845. Some thirty rescue missions were launched between 1847 and 1859 to find the missing men. Franklin was not the first explorer to make the dangerous voyage to find the route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific, and journalist Peter Lund Simmonds (1814–97) draws from a wide range of reports and publications about these expeditions in his history of the search for the North-West Passage, published in 1851. The detailed account also includes descriptions of the many missions to find Franklin, and this second edition was published later in the same year as the first in order to include updated reports on the progress of his rescue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108048293
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/07/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration Series
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introductory remarks; Captain John Ross's voyage in the Isabella and Alexander to Hudson's Bay in 1818; Voyage of Buchan and Franklin in the Dorothea and Trent to Spitzbergen, etc., 1818; Franklin's first land expedition, 1819–21; Parry's first voyage in the Hecla and Griper, 1819–20; Parry's second voyage in the Fury and Hecla, 1821–3; Clavering's voyage to Spitzbergen and Greenland in the Griper, 1823; Lyon's voyage in the Griper, 1824; Parry's third voyage in the Hecla and Fury, 1824–5; Franklin's second land expedition, 1825–6; Captain Beechey's voyage to Behring Strait in the Blossom, 1826–8; Parry's fourth or Polar voyage in the Hecla, 1827; Captain John Ross's second voyage in the Victory, 1829–33; Captain Back's land journey in search of Ross, 1833–5; Back's voyage in the Terror up Hudson's Strait, 1836; Messrs. Dease and Simpson's discoveries on the coast of Arctic America, 1836–9; Dr. John Rae's land expedition, 1846–7; Captain Sir John Franklin's last expedition in the Erebus and Terror, 1845–51; The government and private searching expeditions; Voyage of the Enterprise and Investigator under Captains Sir J. C. Ross and E. J. Bird, 1848–9; Voyage of the transport, North Star, 1849; Second voyage of the Enterprise and Investigator under Captain Collinson and Commander McClure, 1850; Voyage of the Plover, and boat expeditions under Commander Pullen, 1848–51; Voyage of the Lady Franklin and Sophia, purchased government ships, under the command of Mr. Penny; Voyage of the Resolute and Assistance, under command of Captain Austin, with their steam tenders, Pioneer and Intrepid, 1850–1; Voyage of Captain Sir John Ross in the Felix private schooner, 1850–1; American government searching expedition in the US ships Advance and Rescue, under the command of Lieutenant de Haven, 1850–1; Remarkable voyage of the private ship, Prince Albert, under the command of Captain Forsyth, R.N., to Regent Inlet and back, 1850; Appendix.

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