The Long Arctic Search - The Narrative of Lieutenant Frederick Schwatka, U.S.A.
January 2, 1881
Includes: illustrations, maps. A remarkable record of the search for the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin. The tragic fate of Franklin and his men was the outstanding mysrety of its time. Ftanklin set out from England in May 1845 with two ships, well provisioned and equipped, with 129 men, in search of the legendary Northwest Passage. Franklin, his ships, and his men vanished. Not for another nine years was their grim fate ascertained. It was only after three decades of searching, finding the relic-strewn trail through the Arctic wastes, and piecing together the mute evidence that it was finally determined that Franklin's party actually had penetrated the Northwest Passage and had come within a few hundred miles of actually completing the tortuous route. Schwatka's journey of 1878 1880 is an engrossing account of the hardships and torments of Arctic travel in the 19th century.
Lieutenant Schwatka explored Canada in the 1880's