Burial of John Franklin. Author: me


Kabloonas is the way in which the Inuit who live in the north part of Canada call those who haven´t their same ascendency.

The first time i read this word was in the book "Fatal Passage" by Ken McGoogan, when, as the result of the conversations between John Rae and some inuit, and trying to find any evidence of the ill-fated Sir John Franklin Expedition, some of then mentioned that they watched how some kabloonas walked to die in the proximities of the river Great Fish.

I wish to publish this blog to order and share all those anecdotes that I´ve been finding in the arctic literature about arctic expeditions. My interest began more than 15 years ago reading a little book of my brother about north and south pole expeditions. I began reading almost all the bibliography about Antarctic expeditions and the superknown expeditions of Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, etc. After I was captured by the Nansen, Nobile and Engineer Andree. But the most disturbing thing in that little book, full of pictures, was the two pages dedicated to the last Franklin expedition of the S.XIX, on that moment I thought that given the time on which this and others expeditions happened, few or any additional information could be obtained about it. I couldn´t imagine that after those two pages It would be a huge iceberg full of stories, unresolved misteries, anecdotes, etc. I believe that this iceberg, on the contrary than others, would continue growing instead melting.

jueves, 16 de febrero de 2012


Por azar del destino descubrí este hecho. Al parecer Antonio Alcalá Galiano Escritor y político del siglo XIX y diputado por Cádiz, estando en Londres exiliado en torno al año 1823 sobrevivió allí, parece ser enseñando Español. Entre sus amistades se encontraba Mr. Griffin, por mediación de Fanny Griffin, que pertenecía al Comité de Damas para ayuda a los refugiados Españoles, Antonio Alcalá acabó dando clase de Español a Jane. Al parecer en el transcurso de estos hechos se intensificó la relación hasta puntos, no probados, pero que al parecer podrían haber ido más allá que de la mera amistad. Existen testimonios que se pueden encontrar tanto en las memorias de Antonio como en los diarios y cartas de Jane Griffin que justifican este hecho, aunque al parecer la relación se vio de ver truncada por circunstancias adversas a ella.

Una casualidad sorprendente, o al menos a mi me lo parece, es que el padre de Antonio Alcalá Galiano, Dionisio Alcalá Galiano fue también marino como John Franklin, participó en diversas expediciones en busca del paso del Noroeste, en la expedición Malaespina y acabó muerto después de recibir varios balazos y un cañonazo en la cabeza, al mando del navío Bahama en la batalla de Trafalgar junto a Nelson en la que también combatió John Franklin en el HMS Bellerophon.

By chance I discovered this fact. It seems that Antonio Alcalá Galiano, writer and politician of the s. XIX and representative for Cádiz, being in London exilied about the year 1823 lives there teaching Spanisd. Between his friends was Mr. Griffin, and through Fanny Griffin, that belongs at the Lady Comitte to help the Spanish refugees, Antonio Alcalá finish teaching Spanish to Jane. It seems that meanwhile the relationship intensified to a certain point, not proved, further than the mere friendship. There are references that are possible to find both in the Antonio memoirs and in the Lady Jane journals that justified this suggestion, although it seems that the relationship don´t go on by external causes.

One amazing coincidence, or at least it seems to me, that the father of Antonio Alcalá Galiano, Dionisio Alcalá Galiano was mariner also as John Franklin, he took part on several expeditions on the search of the North West pass, in the Malaspina expeditiom and finally was death after receiving several shots and a cannon shot in his head when he was commanding the ship Bahama in the Trafalgar battle where John Franklin was also fighting with Nelson in the ship HMS Bellerophon.

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