This is a narrative of one of many searches for Sir John Franklin who disappeared, along with his ships and crew, on an Arctic expedition in 1845. (In the end, there were more lives lost in looking for Franklin than in the expedition itself.) This particular “summer” search was conducted by Commander E.A. Inglefield with the blessing of Lady Franklin. It is written in a particularly engaging and informative style and begins at the beginning–i.e. with the acquisition of a ship appropriate to the purpose. Though the search was ultimately unsuccessful, Inglefield’s account is a fascinating record of travel in the Arctic.
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