The best books on Franklin's lost expedition

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Book cover of James Fitzjames: The Mystery Man of the Franklin Expedition

James Fitzjames: The Mystery Man of the Franklin Expedition

By William Battersby,

Why this book?

Although James Fitzjames left many letters little was known about his early childhood and family background until Battersby researched this biography. Fitzjames was a charismatic personality who won awards for bravely, led an expedition to survey a route through the Middle East and fought in China in the Opium War. He seemed destined for great things in the British Navy, but through it all he hid a dark secret about his parentage. Fitzjames’ letters are filled with humour, lively anecdotes and character sketches of his fellow officers. They inspired the novel, North with Franklin, and this book makes an…

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Book cover of Unravelling the Franklin Mystery, 5: Inuit Testimony

Unravelling the Franklin Mystery, 5: Inuit Testimony

By David C. Woodman,

Why this book?

Few of the early searchers for Franklin appreciated the value of the stories the local Inuit told about these strangers who had come to their land and died. Fortunately, some stories were written down and preserved and these, along with still circulating tales, proved crucial in the recent discoveries of the remarkably preserved wrecks of Erebus and Terror. Woodman painstakingly scoured archives collecting stories and fragments and painting a picture of the disaster much richer than the accepted theory. Unravelling the Franklin Mystery was also a major source of information for North with Franklin as well as being a…

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