Franklin - Tragic Hero of Polar Navigation

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In Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar navigation, Andrew Lambert re-examines the life of Franklin with his customary brilliance and authority, and discovers a character far more complex, and more truly heroic, than previous histories have allowed.
In Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar navigation, Andrew Lambert re-examines the life of Franklin with his customary brilliance and authority, and discovers a character far more complex, and more truly heroic, than previous histories have allowed.

In 1845, Captain Sir John Franklin led a large, well equipped expedition to complete the conquest of the Canadian Arctic: to find the fabled North West Passage connecting the North Atlantic to the North Pacific. Yet Franklin, his ships and men were fated never to return. The cause of their loss remains a mystery.

Shocked by the loss of all 129 officers and men, and sickened by reports of cannibalism, the Victorians recreated Franklin as a brave Christian hero who laid down his life, and those of his men. Later generations have been more sceptical about Franklin and his supposed selfless devotion to duty. But does either view really explain why this outstanding scientific navigator found his ships trapped in pack ice seventy miles from the magnetic north?
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Weight 0.350000
Author Andrew Lambert
Availability IP
Department Travel Writing
Edition Main
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780571231614
Pages 448
Published 01/07/2010
Publisher Faber and Faber
Section Travel Writing: General
Size Unfolded 13x20cm
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