Ice Ghosts

Ice Ghosts

The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

eBook - 2017
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The true story of the greatest mystery of Arctic exploration--and the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge that led to the shipwreck's recent discovery.Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the Lost Franklin Expedition of 1845--whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice--with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incredible discovery of the flagship's wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of the HMS Erebus and Terror setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization, and the decades of searching that turned up only rumors of cannibalism and a few scattered papers and bones--until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : W. W. Norton and Company, 2017
ISBN: 9780393249392
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1 online resource (384 pages)

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uppitywomanstill
Aug 04, 2017

While this is a fascinating story of the missing and doomed Franklin expedition, I was quite struck by the overt racism against the Inook. They had the answers as to location of at least one ship, but they were dismissed as barbaric by the next few rescue missions. There were one or two explorers who took them somewhat seriously and followed their stories and discovered there oral stories were true. It also highlights Canada's treatment of the Inook by forcing them to change their way of life and locations. Education and normal clothing, rather than animal fur and the schooling of nature survival. I found that a sad part of the book, but a vital part.

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lunadog
May 12, 2017

Interesting and written in a journalistic style. The maps, however, were inadequate.

Thoroughly fascinating and wonderfully written. Watson recounts over 160 years of history of one of the great maritime mysteries in fabulous detail. No punches are pulled and no sugar coating is given. This story is as visceral as it is kinetic and is a testament to human ego, vulnerability, sacrifice and, ultimately, perseverance and humility. My only caveats are that while Watson covers a few of the ancient expeditions, he doesn't cover them all. I wanted to know more. Also, given all its detail, I expected more maps, photos, and complete manifests of crew and cargo for each ship.

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stephaniedchase
Apr 30, 2017

The Franklin Expedition continues to be a story that fascinates, particularly through the many unsuccessful follow-up expeditions that sought to find answers to what happened to Franklin and his men. Watson's ICE GHOSTS tries to highlight those expeditions, as well as the long oral tradition of the Inuit and the Franklin shipwrecks.

Unfortunately, ICE GHOSTS suffers from trying to cram too much in. Nearly 200 pages of description of the Franklin Expedition itself still leaves many questions unanswered; the 150 years of expeditions that followed get short shrift. I wished for more maps, more photos, more description of the men who kept coming to search. So many of the people are fascinating that we the reader wish for more time spent.

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