Ice Blink The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost

Ice Blink The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition ➲ Ice Blink The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition Read ➺ Author Scott Cookman – It has been called the greatest disaster in the history of polar exploration Led by Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin two state of the art ships and 128 hand picked men the best and the brightest of t It has been called the The Tragic eBook ✓ greatest disaster in the history of polar exploration Led by Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin two state of the art ships and hand picked men the best and the brightest of the British empire sailed from Greenland on July in search of the elusive Northwest Passage Fourteen days later they were spotted for the last time by two whalers in Baffin Bay What happened to these ships and to the men on board Ice Blink ePUB ´ has remained one of the most enduring mysteries in the annals of explorationDrawing upon original research Scott Cookman provides an unforgettable account of the ill fated Franklin expedition vividly reconstructing the lives of those touched by the voyage and its disaster But importantly he suggests a human culprit and presents a terrifying new explanation for what triggered the deaths of Franklin and all of his men This is a remarkable and shocking historical account of true life suspense and intrigueAbsorbing Artfully narrates Blink The Tragic Kindle Ø a possible course of events in the expedition's demise based on the one official note and bits of debris including evidence of cannibalism found by searchers sent to look for Franklin in the s Adventure readers will flock Blink The Tragic Fate of PDF/EPUB ² to this fine regaling of the enduring mystery surrounding the best known disaster in Arctic exploration BooklistA great Victorian adventure story rediscovered and re presented for a enuiring time The ScotsmanA vivid sometimes harrowing chronicle of miscalculation and overweening Victorian pride in untried technology A Blink The Tragic Fate of PDF/EPUB ² work of great compassion The Australian.

10 thoughts on “Ice Blink The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition

  1. 11811 (Eleven) 11811 (Eleven) says:

    I read this as a fact check on The Terror to see how much liberty Dan Simmons took with the actual event He covers nearly all of the facts covered in this book which isn't all that shocking given the nearly obscene length of The Terror and Simmons' tendency for extreme research habits in his historical fictionI'd recommend skipping this one and just read The Terror History is much fun when people are being hunted by a giant monster on the ice

  2. William Battersby William Battersby says:

    This book is a curate's egg good in partsOn the positive side it is a powerfully written and well illustrated book and its wide readership has served to 'hook' many readers into the mystery and horror of the Franklin Expedition challenging them to find out However its flaws are considerable Perhaps it does not matter that it is riddled with errors of detail but seriously it depends far too much on secondary sources The most serious flaw is that it takes one unproven hypothesis to explain the demise of the Expedition an epidemic of botulism caused by eating ill prepared tinned food and then flogs it to death It is a fact that there is no primary evidence at all to corroborate this hypothesis but this does not stop the author presenting it with great enthusiasmThere is also far too much imaginative reconstruction in the book to the point where long passages are in effect fiction While this is not necessarily a fault it is certainly confusing to the lay reader and scholastically unsound And some of it is distasteful in the extreme the prurient fantasy of the Erebus's scientist Harry Goodsir happily preparing a 'cannibal soup' is genuinely disturbingSo read this book by all means and appreciate the commitment and goodwill of its author but bear in mind that it is probably closer to a work of fiction than a history book

  3. & & says:

    This is the story of a fateful 1845 polar expedition that went terribly wrong This was a British enterprise led by Captain Sir John Franklin to find the Northwest Passage using the most advance ships and euipment at that time Now I am a complete novice when it comes to this subject matter however I found this book very interesting and it offered a compelling story of misadventure bravery corruption and suspense I found that the author Scott Cookman presented his story in such an easy manner that the narrative just raced along and I lost track of time reading about this terrible drama It must be stated from the beginning that the author has no direct testimony of what actually happen to this expedition since all involved diedHowever Cookman has utilised the accounts of many other polar explorers to support his theory of what may have happened and to give graphic examples of the conditions these men laboured under during this expedition Overall I found it a gripping account and although he may not be 100% correct in his deductions I found that it was uite believable Cookman has used a wide range of sources including material from the Public Records Office and the Admiralty in London He takes the time to fully explain the means and methods used at the time for polar exploration and I fully enjoyed his account of the men and ships involved This is a great story and the book has prompted me to learn about the brave men who charted the Arctic and Antarctic regions before modern technology made all too easy

  4. Inder Inder says:

    A page turning account of the Franklin Expedition's failed attempt to find the Northwest Passage There is lots of good history here and some very compelling explanations for the the Expedition's failure This is an interesting read and my largest complaint is that I would have liked to know about the relief expeditions and the archeological evidence behind the author's conclusions This is not the best written book but it is generally acceptable However it does happen to contain the worst metaphor I have ever read as followsHe hovers in gaslight a shadowy figure known for nothing but the catastrophe he fathered like a rapist coldly taking his compensation and leaving behind the seed that caused itDear Editor metaphors involving rapists and seed are never ever a good idea Thank you

  5. Brian Brian says:

    Usually I don't comment on books like this but I wanted to also bring up what few others have said While the book is interesting and definitely made me want to read on the subject this book falls very short The authors hypothesis of the cause of almost everyone's death is completely unproven and I became uickly annoyed that the author hammered home that his was the reason without mentioning basically any other possibilities There was no sources in the actual text to check and after a while it would up making me hurry up to read through the rest of the books so I could find a better book on the subject In addition the authors recreations of what likely happened and how different individuals did this or that thought this or that made this of a work of fiction in several of the chapters Hopefully nobody will read this book and think that everything contained in the book is a work of non fiction While interesting large parts of the book are based on scant evidence and most likely the authors imagination A good book to get one interested in the subject but for me I consider it largely a book of fiction

  6. Susan Susan says:

    I'm fascinated by the Franklin expedition and was happy to have found this book which I enjoyed The first few chapters explain some interesting back history of the main players Sir John Franklin Sir John Barrow Francis Crozier James Fitzjames etc The book contains a few maps which help to place the ships en route near King William Island There are also illustrations of the ship's layout and photos showing artifacts contracts and provision listsMy main criticism of this book is that there are far too many chapters describing Goldner and his shady business practices Interesting as it was I felt the author belabored details of Goldner's tinned food and the diseases contracted from them Yes it was indeed deplorable on the part of Goldner to knowingly supply inedible tins of food and yes the Admiralty shouldn't have accepted the lowest bidder without inspecting the tins or Goldner's factory sight unseen But in my opinion these details could have been described in fewer chapters I'm on the lookout for other books about Franklin's expedition to get a well rounded account of events but this book is a very good stepping off point

  7. Gennifer Gennifer says:

    Stepping into this book knowing next to nothing about the Franklin Polar Expedition I came out with a basic knowledge of what happened and an exemplary knowledge of nasty canning techniuesI would have given this book 5 stars but after two or so chapters on Goldner's just abhorrent canning systems and procurements it really made me nauseous and wonder how the crew didn't die sooner I really would have liked to read about the efforts to rescue the expedition as well as a in depth look at what happened after they abandoned the Erebus and Terror but I feel like Ice Blink just touched on a lot of different aspects of the expedition that I think didn't deserve the time that it received Ice Blink was a good jumping off point for the person that doesn't know much about this great tragedy but I think there are probably better books out there that analyze the disaster in depth well Cookman was pretty in depth and analytical about Goldner's cans of Clostridium botulinum

  8. Phil Ford Phil Ford says:

    I found this book after seeing Dan Simmons fictional tale The Terror being based on the incident A tragic and very interesting read Ice Blink is the story of Sir John Franklin's doomed expedition to find the Northwest Passage in 1845 There is a lot of founded speculation as to the behavior and thoughts of the ill fated men but backed by other examples of similar tragedies Though Cookman clearly sites Beattie and Geiger's Frozen in Time as an inspiration he never heavily relies on it An intense telling of over a hundred men trapped on two ships in the winter arctic stuck desperate and diseased Despite all the greatness of modern technologies ego and greed can bring downfall Recommended for those fascinated with stranded isolationism and Polar Expeditions

  9. David R. David R. says:

    This is one of the very best studies of the doomed Franklin expedition in the Arctic in the 1840s Cookman nails down the fate of the mariners particular in a thorough review of the appallingly toxic food provided the sailors The story telling is uite good and the book becomes a genuine page turner as the expedition fell apart

  10. dejah_thoris dejah_thoris says:

    Much like the Titanic Franklin's expedition was over funded and therefore overblown Unlike the Titanic the British government funded this expedition and selected vendors based on their price proving the old adage you get what you pay for Granted some of the technology was cutting edge which mitigates a bit of blame for the unknown effects of changing processes but not all of it Some vendors clearly cut corners and manipulated their relationship with the Navy to delay delivery dates omit factory inspections etcIn addition to vendor relations issues Franklin wanted to boost his reputation and saw this expedition as his last opportunity to do something great Such hubris uickly ended in the Arctic An excellent read but other reviewers' comments about Cookman focusing solely on one theory as the primary cause of the tragedy are accurate If you want additional perspectives read additional books

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