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Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition Paperback – June 13, 2017
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“A remarkable piece of forensic deduction.”—Margaret Atwood
The internationally-bestselling account of the Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition, and the thrilling scientific investigation that spurred the decades-long hunt for its recovery—now with a new afterword on the discovery of its lost ships: Erebus and Terror.
“Chilling . . . will keep you up nights turning pages.”—The Chicago Tribune
In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his men set out to “penetrate the icy fastness of the north, and to circumnavigate America.” And then they disappeared. The truth about what happened to Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition was shrouded in mystery for more than a century.
Then, in 1984, Owen Beattie and his team exhumed two crew members from a burial site in the North for forensic evidence, to shocking results. But the most startling discovery didn’t come until 2014, when a team commissioned by the Canadian government uncovered Erebus, the lost ship.
Frozen in Time is a riveting deep dive into one of the most famous shipwrecks of all time, and the team of brilliant scientists that unleashed its secrets from the ice.
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About the Author
John Grigsby Geiger was born in Ithaca, New York, and graduated in history from the University of Alberta. His work has been translated into eight languages. He is currently the CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Wade Davis is an anthropologist, author, and explorer. He is the author of numerous books, including Into the Silence, Sacred Headwaters and The Wayfinders. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”
- Publisher : Greystone Books; Fourth edition (June 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1771641738
- ISBN-13 : 978-1771641739
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #99,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And this legend, in addition to launching about 30 more rescue and investigation ships over the next two decades to find what happened, also led the author Beattie to visit in 1984 and 1986, to exhume the corpses of three sailors on Franklin’s expedition, whose graves were eventually found, and determine the cause of death. The remains reveal horrific suffering, which everyone previously attributed to scurvy. But Beattie shows with utmost skill and perseverance that the tins of preserved food on board contained lethal quantities of lead.
I agree with the reviewer who said this is really like two books: one about historic polar exploration, focusing mostly on Franklin; and one about the 1984 scientific investigation. There is lots of information about what it was like to live (and suffer) on these voyages. There is lots of great information about the many polar voyages and personalities. I love books about polar exploration and learned a lot from this account. But the book is not very well edited; there is repetition, events out of chronological order, but for me that was minor. The scientific journey of 1984-86 went into great detail about the visit, digging up the coffins, examining the bodies. Probably information that most lay people would not appreciate as much. I understand the need to document this, as Beattie has done a great service to answer some long-standing questions about the fate of the Franklin expedition. But I think nonscientific people might not find it as interesting. Very jarring and disturbing are the photos of the corpses. I was not prepared to see that, and I am not squeamish. It was unnecessary and eerie. It was also odd to have the author speak of himself in the third-person. But overall, thumbs up, great work, and a great additional to my library on polar exploration.