Erebus: The Discovery of Franklin's Lost Ship

 
9780062420886: Erebus: The Discovery of Franklin's Lost Ship

The greatest mystery in all of exploration is the fate of the 1845-1848 British Arctic Expedition commanded by Sir John Franklin. All 129 crewmen died, and the two ships seemingly vanished without a trace. The expedition's destruction was a mass disaster spread over two years. With the vessels beset and abandoned, the crew confronted a horrific ordeal. They suffered from lead poisoning, were stricken with scurvy and, ultimately, resorted to cannibalism in their final days. The mysterious fate of the ships, HMSErebusand HMSTerror, has captured the public's imagination for seventeen decades.

Now, one of Franklin's lost ships has been found. During the summer of 2014, the Victoria Strait Expedition, the largest effort to find the ships since the 1850s, was led by Parks Canada in partnership with the Arctic Research Foundation, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and other public and private partners. The expedition used world-leading technology in underwater exploration and succeeded in a major find-the discovery ofErebus. News of the discovery made headlines around the world.

In this fully illustrated account, readers will learn about the exciting expedition, challenging search and the ship's discovery. Featuring the first images of theErebus, this stunning book weaves together a story of historical mystery and modern adventure.

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The greatest mystery in all of exploration is the fate of the 1845-1848 British Arctic Expedition commanded by Sir John Franklin. All 129 crewmen died, and the two ships seemingly vanished without a trace. The expedition's destruction was a mass disaster spread over two years, with lead poisoning, scurvy and, ultimately, cannibalism taking hold. The mysterious fate of the ships, HMSErebusand HMSTerror, has captured the public's imagination for 17 decades.

Now, one of Franklin's ships has been found. During the summer of 2014, the Victoria Strait Expedition, the largest effort to find the ships since the 1850s, was led by Parks Canada in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Arctic Research Foundation, the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and 13 government agencies. The expedition used world-leading techonology in underwater exploration and succeeded in a major find-the discovery ofErebus.

In this fully illustrated official book of the expedition, readers will have a full account of the exciting search and the ship's discovery. Featuring the first images, artifacts and findings from theErebus, this stunning book weaves together a story of historical and modern adventure.

About the Author:

JOHN GEIGERis a co-author of the international bestsellerFrozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expeditionand the author of five other works of non-fiction, includingThe Angel EffectandThe Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. Geiger is chief executive officer of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a fellow of The Royal Geographical Society. He is also a senior fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto.

ALANNA MITCHELLis an internationally award-winning science journalist and author whose latest bestseller isSea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis. She has recently transformed the book into a one-woman play and is performing it across Canada. In 2014, the play was nominated for a Dora Award. She is a contributor to CBC Radio'sQuirks & Quarksand freelances forCanadian Geographicmagazine andThe New York Times. She has travelled to each continent and most parts of the ocean doing research and giving talks on marine science.

CANADIAN GEOGRAPHICmagazine is a publication of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, which is one of the largest non-profit educational organizations in Canada, with more than 150,000 subscribers and a network of more than 13,500 educators. The RCGS was a partner in the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition.

THE HONORABLE LEONA AGLUKKAQis the member of Parliament for Nunavut. Following an extensive career in government, she became the first Inuk to be sworn into the Federal Cabinet in 2008, as the Minister of Health. She now serves as Minister of the Environment and is also the Minister of the Arctic Council for Canada. Ms. Aglukkaq was raised in Thom Bay, Taloyoak and Gjoa Haven.

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