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.

viernes, 4 de mayo de 2012


Foto: Perspectiva del grabado del pedestal de la estatua de Sir John Franklin: 29/05/2012. Autor: Andrés

Foto: Perspectiva del grabado del pedestal de la estatua de Sir John Franklin: 29/05/2012. Autor: Andrés
Bueno, finalmente encontré la estatua de Sir John Franklin en Londres. Después de disparar unas diez fotos, de las treinta o así que hice en total, me di cuenta de que la estatua de Franklin habría sido ya a estas alturas mas que fotografiada desde muchos y variados puntos de vista. Por eso pensé que hacer una foto del excepcional grabado del pedestal de la estatua desde una posición que pareciese que uno hubiese estado allí, presente en aquel funeral en algún lugar de la isla del Rey Guillermo, sería sin duda algo original. De manera que me dispues a hacer fotos de manera próxima al grabado, consiguiendo con ello no muy buenas fotos (ya que soy un amateur) pero si puntos de vista que considero originales. 

En fín, que después de estar un buen rato ensimismado con realización de las fotos, me encontré a varios turistas detrás mía disparando fotos a la estatua (espero que no de mí). Imagino que si no me hubiesen visto esforzándome alrededor del pedestal probablemente habrían pasado de largo, pero quien sabe. Hay más fotos, pero creo que estas son las mejores.

Well, finally I found the statue of John Franklin in London. After shoting around ten photos, of thirty or so that I shot, i realised that probably the statue would have been photographied from any possible point of view. For that I thought that making a photo of the esceptional image of the pedestal from a witness point of view, present on that funeral at any place of the King William Island, would be with no doubt something original. So i began to take close photographs, achieving with that, not very good pictures indeed (because i am something like an amateur) but, that i consider, original points of view.

Foto: Detalle del grabado con el ¿Erebus? al fondo: 29/05/2012. Autor: Andrés
So, after being a good while concentrated taking photographs, I found several tourists taking their own pictures after me (I hope not of me). I suppose that they would pass along if they wouldn´t watch me , but who knows. There are more photos, but I think that these are the better ones.

7 comentarios:

  1. Thank you for posting these gorgeous photos for those of us who cannot yet make the trip to London. !Y mil gracias para las traducciones!

  2. Hi! Welcome! And thanks for your comment.

    Each time i review my own translations i became more and more depressed. But i supposse it will be improving in the future.

    I went also at the National Maritime Museum waiting to see that collection of relics of the Franklin expedition that Russell Potter show us in his blog, but there are only few artifacts to be seen by the public (enough for me however).

    The next time i go to London i want to go at the Kensan cementery (although as i´ve read some of the graves are in very bad conditions) and at the Westminster Abbey to see the Franklin bust.

    ¡Hola!, ¡Bienvenida! y gracias por el comentario.

    Cada vez que reviso mis propias traducciones me deprimo mas y mas. Pero supongo que mejorarán en el futuro.

    También fuí al Museo Marítimo Nacional esperando ver aqulla colección de restos de la expedición de Franklin que Russell Potter nos mostró en su blog, pero solo hay unas cuantas cosas mostradas al público. (aunque suficiente para mi).

    La próxima vez que vaya a Londres quiero ir al cementeriode Kensan (aunque leí que las tumbas se encontraban en muy mal estado) y a la abadía de Westminster para ver el busto de Franklin.

  3. Excellent photo's,they almost have a 3D look to them.

  4. Thank you very much Bill!! And welcome to my modest blog.

    And you have given me a good idea. I didn´t think on put all the pictures together to make a "panorama" perhaps I will try to do it soon.

  5. By the way, Have been you who have put the colour at the daguerrotipes? I like a lot the result.

  6. Thanks Andres,Yes that's me who colours the dags,If you could somehow give me an email address I will send all I have done.

    1. This is my email address: aparedessal@yahoo.es

      I´ve tried to reconstruct the face of John Hartnell with "Gimp" a program similar to Photoshop but I don´t like the result. It is difficult, I´ve tried to put the lips in a natural position, putting live on his eyes and a lively colour in his face, but as I am not a skilled user of this kind of programs the result till now is very bad.