Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition Author Paul Watson
ISBN-10 0393249387
ISBN-13 9780393249385
Year 2017-03-21
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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The spellbinding true story of the greatest cold case in Arctic historyand how the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge finally led to the recent discovery of the shipwrecks Spanning nearly 200 years Ice Ghosts is a fast paced detective story about Western science indigenous beliefs and the irrepressible spirit of exploration and discovery It weaves together an epic account of the legendary Franklin Expedition of 1845whose two ships the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror and their crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic icewith the modern tale of the scientists researchers divers and local Inuit behind the recent discoveries of the two ships which made news around the world The journalist Paul Watson was on the icebreaker that led the expedition that discovered the HMS Erebus in 2014 and he broke the news of the discovery of the HMS Terror in 2016 In a masterful work of history and contemporary reporting he tells the full story of the Franklin Expedition Sir John Franklin and his crew setting off from England in search of the fabled Northwest Passage the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship after getting stuck in the ice hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization and the dozens of search expeditions over more than 160 years which collectively have been called the most extensive expensive perverse and ill starred manhunt in history All that searching turned up a legendary trail of sailors relics a fabled note a lifeboat with skeletons lying next to loaded rifles and rumors of cannibalism but no sign of the ships until finally the discoveries in our own time As Watson reveals the epic hunt for the lost Franklin Expedition found success only when searchers combined the latest marine science with faith in Inuit lore that had been passed down orally for generations Ice Ghosts is narrative nonfiction of the highest order full of drama and rich in characters Lady Jane Franklin who almost single handedly kept the search alive for decades an Inuit historian who worked for decades gathering elders accounts an American software billionaire who launched his own hunt and underwater archaeologists honing their skills to help find the ships Watson also shows how the hunt for the Franklin Expedition was connected to such technological advances as SCUBA gear and sonar technology and how it ignited debates over how to preserve the relics discovered with the ships A modern adventure story that arcs back through history Ice Ghosts tells the complete and incredible story of the Franklin Expeditionthe greatest of Arctic mysteriesfor the ages 8 pages of color illustrations

Ice Ghosts

Ice Ghosts Author Paul Watson
ISBN-10 0393249387
Release 2017-03-21
Pages 384

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ISBN-10 9781771640800
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