Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search by Russell A. PotterFinding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search by Russell A. Potter

Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search

byRussell A. Potter

Hardcover | July 26, 2016

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In 2014 media around the world buzzed with news that an archaeological team from Parks Canada had located and identified the wreck of HMS Erebus, the flagship of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Finding Franklin outlines the larger story and the cast of detectives from every walk of life that led to the discovery, solving one of the Arctic's greatest mysteries. In compelling and accessible prose, Russell Potter details his decades of work alongside key figures in the era of modern searches for the expedition and elucidates how shared research and ideas have led to a fuller understanding of the Franklin crew's final months. Illustrated with numerous images and maps from the last two centuries, Finding Franklin recounts the more than fifty searches for traces of his ships and crew, and the dedicated, often obsessive, men and women who embarked on them. Potter discusses the crucial role that Inuit oral accounts, often cited but rarely understood, played in all of these searches, and continue to play to this day, and offers historical and cultural context to the contemporary debates over the significance of Franklin's achievement. While examination of HMS Erebus will undoubtedly reveal further details of this mystery, Finding Franklin assembles the stories behind the myth and illuminates what is ultimately a remarkable decades-long discovery.
Russell A. Potter is professor of English at Rhode Island College and the author of Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875.
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Title:Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year SearchFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.98 inPublished:July 26, 2016Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773547843

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Meticulous Account Over the years, I’ve read a number of books in which the Franklin mystery is discussed. However, none of them were as detailed and as meticulous as this one. Writing in a style that is clear, friendly, lively, accessible and quite captivating, the author recounts the various expeditions that were launched to search for information (at least) as to what happened to the Franklin expedition. A large amount of space is devoted to expeditions that took place in the latter half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, culminating with the discovery of one of Franklin’s ships – the Erebus. The fact that I was not familiar with most of these later explorations made reading this book very much worthwhile for me. As a bonus, the author has been involved in some of these searches and personally knows several of these more recent key individuals. This is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone, but especially by those with anything from a mild interest in to an insatiable passion for the Franklin mystery.
Date published: 2017-03-16

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"I can think of no-one more suited to telling this story." David C. Woodman, author of Unravelling the Franklin Mystery: Inuit Testimony