Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition by Paul Watson

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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.

Title : Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
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ISBN : 0393249387
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

February 28, 2017

I am fascinated by anything to do with the Arctic, a place I will never go, truth to tell probably not even want to go, but I love reading about this extremely cold, ice packed place. Add in the Franklin Expedition and the very long effort it took to find the wrecks of Erebus and Terror, and I'm...

Matt rated it ★★★☆☆

May 13, 2017

So, you’ve had a bad day? Maybe. But consider yourself lucky that your boss wasn’t Sir John Franklin, and that your day job wasn’t as a sailor on Franklin’s mid-19th century, multi-year Arctic expedition. Because no matter what, your day at work probably didn't involve getting stuck fast in the i...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

March 14, 2017

In 1847 Sir John Franklin left England and his adoring wife Lady Jane to seek the fabled Northwest Passage. He was 59 years old and it was his fourth journey to the Arctic. He had survived starvation on his second journey. This expedition was prepared with three years of food, included new-fangle...

Jean rated it ★★★★☆

March 05, 2017

The oceans always have some great unsolved mystery disappearances. In the mid- 1840s the Royal Navy bomb ketches, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror disappeared in the Arctic of Canada. Paul Watson tells the story of their loss and discovery in his book “Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Exp...

Krista rated it ★★★☆☆

November 17, 2017

No chain of islands on Earth is more vicious than the Arctic Archipelago. Like teeth lining colossal jaws, some ninety-four large islands, and 36, 469 smaller ones, stretch across a territory about half the size of the contiguous United States. They can bite down and swallow ships whole. Even the...

Randolph rated it ★★★★☆

August 06, 2017

A compelling read that nevertheless has a few issues. This type of book, a popular narrative history, is always fraught with a number of pitfalls. Watson plays fast and loose with the facts in the historical first half of the book. As many historians do, he gets to pick and choose which facts to...

Nick rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2017

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of this title. So, the failed Franklin Expedition of 1845 has been a subject that I have been obsessed with ever since reading The Terror by Dan Simmons. For those not familiar with the lost expedition, Sir Jo...

Joyce rated it ★★★☆☆

May 27, 2017

Dan Simmon's novel, The Terror, was my introduction to the failed Franklin Expedition in 1845--a voyage of discovery to find that elusive Northwest Passage that would like Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Since then, I've read several books that relate to Arctic (and Antarctic) exploration, both fict...

Cheryl rated it ★★★★☆

August 06, 2017

This is a well written book about the lost Franklin Expedition. The book is broken down into three parts, which gives an overview of the expedition, the hunt over a hundred and sixty some years and then the discovery. The follies and arrogance of humans can be seen in this history. It was pleasin...

Angelique rated it ★★★★★

October 15, 2017

I only picked this up because of the author being a Pulitzer prize winner. Turned out to be a fascinating read. A lesson about how you treat the natives of the land in this book too. Highly recommended even though I'm not usually one for nautical wrecks.

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