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Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition (original 1987; edição 2004)

por John Geiger (Autor)

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Re-released to coincide with the discovery of one of the lost Franklin Expedition ships. Frozen in Time tells the dramatic story of how Sir John Franklin's elite naval forces came within sight of the Northwest Passage, only to succumb to unimaginable horrors. A gripping tale of cannibalism, bureaucratic hubris, great courage and ground-breaking science, it shows how the excavation of three sailors from the 1845-48 Franklin expedition, buried for 138 years on the Arctic headland of Beechey Island, has shed new light on what has been one of the world's great maritime mysteries.… (mais)
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Título:Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition
Autores:John Geiger (Autor)
Informação:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2004), Edition: Rev Pbk ed., 288 pages
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Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition por Owen Beattie (1987)

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Learned so much. Love arctic stuff. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Er gaat altijd iets fascinerend uit van onopgeloste mysteries. Dat moet de Canadese anthropoloog Owen Beattie ook gedreven hebben in zijn jarenlange zoektocht om een verklaring te vinden voor de rampzalige poolexpeditie van Sir John Franklin en zijn boten de Erebus en de Terror (1845-1848). Al vlug na hun spoorloze verdwijning werden talloze expedities uitgezonden om het lot van de bemanningen van beide boten te achterhalen. Dit boek schetst eerst een overzicht van al deze ondernemingen en de schaarse aanwijzingen die ze opleverden. Het leest echt wel als een spannend verhaal met als apotheose het relaas van Beattie's blootleggen van de (al eerder gekende) graven van de eerste drie gestorven bemanningsleden. De bijgeleverde foto's (of tv documentaires) laten de lezer samen met Beattie en zijn medewerkers zo'n 138 jaar terug in de tijd kijken wanneer zij oog in oog kwamen met de bevroren tijd. ( )
  rvdm61 | Aug 21, 2020 |
In Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition, Owen Beattie and John Geiger trace the history of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to discover the Northwest Passage aboard the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in 1845. Beattie and Geiger place Franklin’s Expedition in the context of Arctic exploration following the Napoleonic Wars, with the search expeditions of the mid-nineteenth century deifying Franklin and cementing the expedition in the national, and international, consciousness. They further explore the leading theories of the day for Franklin’s loss, including scurvy and the nineteenth century ailment of “debility.” After examining the historical record, Beattie and Geiger summarize Beattie’s 1980s expeditions to to King William Island and Beechey Island, in which Beattie examined bones and the graves of three Franklin Expedition crew, discovering the presence of elevated lead levels. This evidence, coupled with historical records of lead exposure from nineteenth century canning processes, helped to explain the underlying cause for the expedition’s mortality.

Beattie and Geiger conclude, “The story of how the Royal Navy failed to achieve the Northwest Passage is really that of how the world’s greatest navy battled, and was ultimately humbled by, a simple yet gruesome disease – scurvy, allied to a menace of which they could not begin to conceive: lead poisoning. The source of their defeat was not the ice-choked seas, the deep cold, the winters of absolute night, the labyrinthine geography or the soul-destroying isolation. It was found in their food supply, most notably in their heavy reliance on tinned foods” (pg. 254). In this, Beattie and Geiger compare the Franklin Expedition’s fate to other instances in which people took technological advancements for granted, leading to systematic breakdowns.

Frozen in Time will captivate readers interested in the history of exploration or the science of archaeology. The Franklin Expedition itself continues to play a role in international politics, as Canada works to declare the locations of the Franklin Expedition graves, the final resting places of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, and the surrounding waterways as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in order to cement Canada’s claim to the Northwest Passage, now increasingly open as a result of climate change (pg. xviii). ( )
  DarthDeverell | Feb 19, 2019 |
"Frozen in Time" is a fascinating look at the fate of the Franklin expedition. In the 1980's a series of scientific expeditions headed off to the Arctic to exhume the remains of three bodies buried before the expedition got into real trouble and disappeared. In a detailed analysis, Owen Beattie found the lead levels in the bodies was extraordinarily high, and he believes the expedition started to go awry as its members became ill with lead poisoning. He also found a bone that backed up the story of cannibalism that rocked England when it was first suggested.

I generally liked the book and found the scientific story interesting. I felt the Franklin information itself was a bit glossed over and was bugged that the book paints Lady Franklin as a devoted wife searching for her husband's fate without balancing out the story -- she was so devoted to glorifying her husband that she tried to destroy Arctic explorer John Rae for suggesting the crew turned to cannibalism in an attempt to survive.

If you already know a bit about the Franklin expedition and the many searches for the fate of the captain and his men, this book is definitely worth reading. ( )
1 vote amerynth | Dec 9, 2018 |
Sir John Franklin set out with two ships and the pick of the Royal Navy in 1845 to try to find the North West Passage, expected to be an alternate route to the Orient. Franklin was an experienced Arctic seaman, but this time did not return. Lady Franklin worked tirelessly to ensure that searches for the ill-fated ships continued and that her husband's name would be remembered for his achievements, not for this failure. In the following decade, as many as forty major expeditions set out, by sea or overland, some funded by Lady Franklin’s influence or her own considerable wealth. They didn't find the ships but added significantly to the knowledge of the Arctic. The Franklin legend and search became obsessive. The mystery was so captivating that the general location was registered as a Canadian national historic site.

Three known graves were exhumed by Dr. Beattie and his research team from the University of Alberta, the results of which was published with the same title in 1987. The news made international headlines. Beattie was able to determine the probable cause of death was tuberculosis and lead poisoning, the lead having leached from the improperly sealed canned food, a new innovation in 1845. His findings filled in many more details of the mystery. Nearly two hundred years later our yearning to know more persisted and in 2008 the Canadian government commissioned a team to resume the search for the ships. In 2014, in the shallow waters of Queen Maud Gulf, off King William Island, they discovered Erebus and in 2016, Terror.

Franklin's name has become news once more as global warming has opened the Northwest Passage, discoveries continue, and sovereignty is at stake. Canada would like to protect the waters by having it designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of internal waterways, not an international strait.

This is a revised edition of Beattie's bestseller published in 1987 with additional information and a foreword by [[Wade Davis]]. [[Margaret Atwood]]'s entertaining and knowledgable introduction is exceptional for the images she creates, and for her descriptions of how public perception of Franklin changed with the passing of each decade, each century. His reputation in the early years was particularly influenced by Lady Franklin's exhortations. She would have liked this book. ( )
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Re-released to coincide with the discovery of one of the lost Franklin Expedition ships. Frozen in Time tells the dramatic story of how Sir John Franklin's elite naval forces came within sight of the Northwest Passage, only to succumb to unimaginable horrors. A gripping tale of cannibalism, bureaucratic hubris, great courage and ground-breaking science, it shows how the excavation of three sailors from the 1845-48 Franklin expedition, buried for 138 years on the Arctic headland of Beechey Island, has shed new light on what has been one of the world's great maritime mysteries.

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