The Last of the Arctic Voyages Being a Narrative of the Expedition in HMS Assistance, under the Command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., in Search of Sir John Franklin, during the Years 1852-54

by Sir Edward Belcher

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration Series

The Last of the Arctic Voyages Being a Narrative of the Expedition in HMS Assistance, under the Command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., in Search of Sir John Franklin, during the Years 1852-54 Synopsis

When the experienced Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) was put in command of an expedition in 1845 to search for the elusive North-West Passage he had the backing of the Admiralty and was equipped with two specially-adapted ships and a three-year supply of provisions. Franklin was last seen by whalers in Baffin Bay in July 1845. When the expedition failed to return in 1848, enormous resources were mobilised to try to discover its fate. In 1852 H.M.S. 'Assistance' was sent to lead another search mission. It was captained by Edward Belcher (1799-1877), who recounts his unsuccessful adventure in this illustrated two-volume book, first published in 1855. Volume 2 covers, and attempts to justify, Belcher's much-criticised decision to abandon four ships in the pack-ice. It also contains Belcher's views on reports of cannibalism among Franklin's crew, as well as scientific observations and a fascinating list of provisions.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108028899
Publication date: 30th June 2011
Author: Sir Edward Belcher
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 476 pages
Categories: Historical geography, Expeditions, Classic travel writing,

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