Led by Arctic explorer Franklin, two ships and 128 men sailed from Greenland in 1845, to find the Northwest Passage. Fourteen days later, they were seen for the last time. What happened has remained an mystery. Drawing upon original research, Cookman reconstructs the voyage and presents a terrifying explanation for what killed Franklin and his men ...
Led by Arctic explorer Franklin, two ships and 128 men sailed from Greenland in 1845, to find the Northwest Passage. Fourteen days later, they were seen for the last time. What happened has remained an mystery. Drawing upon original research, Cookman reconstructs the voyage and presents a terrifying explanation for what killed Franklin and his men. Photos. Maps.
New. "Absorbing. artfully narrat[es] a possible course of events in the expedition's demise, based on the one official note and bits of debris (including evidence of cannibalism) found by searchers sent to look for Franklin in the 1850s. Adventure readers.
New in Very Fine jacket. Book. 12mo-over 6¾-7¾" tall. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing) in a Very Fine dust jacket. There is a very small crease to one edge of the dust jacket.
Collectible-New in None as Issued jacket. BRAND NEW & COLLECTIBLE. Polar exploration. Historical account of British naval officer, artic explorer and once Governor of Tasmania Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin's (1786-1847) ill-fated 1847 attempt to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic in which the entire 129 crew perished. 23 chapters w/4 appendices.
interesting coverage of Lord Franklin's failed mission to find the Northwest Passage. Read this and read a fictionalized version called The Terror, by Dan Simmons.
Nov 26, 2011
Scott Cookman has done his homework very well and presents a detailed account on what happened to the lost expedition. The fiction parts may very well be excately what happened, and just adds to the pleasure and thrill in reading this book.
Thank you Scott Cookman, I was sad to turn the last page, having spent 2 sleepless nights in the excellent company of your book.
Oct 29, 2009
Adventure, greed, criminal...
I loved the potential adventure, mourned for the horrible way they all died and wanted revenge towards those that caused their demise. The author outlines effects of very unsavory shipboard conditions, untried technology plus incompotence and greed for profits that leads to a great tragic ending for two heroic crews and a much loved Polar Explorer. As a former Navy Senior Chief I could not put the book down it upset me so. All the things that were wrong that the crews had no knowledge of or control over. They were all doomed before they left their home port. Great book of naval adventure, polar exploration and apathy within the 18th century Royal Navy procurement structure.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-02-21 In 1845, Captain Sir John Franklin sailed into Arctic waters, the latest of many navigators to seek a "Northwest Passage" from the Atlantic to the Pacific. With him were 128 stalwarts of the Royal Navy; up-to-date maps and sophisticated tools; three years' worth of ample provisions; and two advanced ships, iron-clad, steam-heated and steam-powered. The ships were never seen again. In 1859, Lieutenant William Hobson, sunburnt and frostbitten, trekked across remote King William Island and found the last remains of the expedition: two notes attached to a cairn, a small, stranded boat and human bones, some showing evidence of cannibalism. Freelance writer Cookman's ably researched, sometimes eloquent account follows the doomed voyage, then proposes to solve the enduring mystery. Stuck in the ice, the men of the H.M.S. Terror and Erebus lasted months with barely a look outdoors; when cooking fuel ran short, something sickened the men. Cookman identifies the culprit as botulism, conveyed by the canned goods furnished by contractor Stephan Goldner. "Pinching pennies and cutting corners," Goldner defrauded the Navy by giving Franklin's men canned meats and vegetables "shoddily made and improperly sealed." Cookman drapes his central story with short accounts of the people involved, including Captain Franklin ("plodding, sober," and "fame-hungry" but steadfast) and Goldner, whose record of defaults and frauds (delivering ruptured cans, missing deadlines, packaging bones as meat) led the Navy to cease doing business with him in 1852. Hard-bitten readers who last year clamored over Shackleton's adventures will take to this grimmer tale of unscrupulous contractors, diligent historians and brave British explorers who never made it. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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