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, 13 de julio de 2012


No voy a decir mucho, tan solo por favor echad un vistazo a esta obra de arte,  (link al final del párrafo) de los hombres de la expedición de Franklin que fueron enterrados en la isla de Beechey, todavía no tengo palabras impresionante. Frozen in time: Los hombres de la isla de Beechey

La autora: Kristina Gherman (Maidith), En mi opinión ella es una auténtica genio.

Estuve hace poco pensando en reconstruir loe rostros de estos hombres con Photoshop para tratar de averiguar cual podría haber sido su aspecto en vida, pero después de este hallazgo, creo que no me tomaré la molestia, es una obra de arte.

I am not going to say much, only, please, take a look to this work opf art (link at the end of the paragraph) of the Franklin expedition  men buried in the Beechey Island, I am still without words, impressive!!!. Frozen in time: Los hombres de la isla de Beechey

The author: Kristina Gherman (Maidith) . In my opinion she is an real Genius.

Her work here:   http://maidith.deviantart.com

I was thinking in making the reconstruction of the faces of these boys with photoshop to guess what could have been their appearance in live, but after this discovery, I think that I am not going to do now, this is a masterpiece.

5 comentarios:

  1. Amazing! What a talented young woman. Thanks for the link to her work! You should still attempt to reconstruct their appearances. It's interesting to see different interpretations. There is also a gorgeous painting of Torrington in the children's book "Buried In Ice" by Beattie and Geiger. I am in possession of the article "The Men Who Sailed with Franklin" from Cambridge University's "Polar Record". This article gives the physical descriptions of most of the men (ratings) on the Expedition, adding a whole new dimension to how we view the Franklin tragedy.

  2. I can try to do it, but I am not a very skilled user of the Photoshop...It´s just that I thought that it would be interesting.

    I didn´t know the book, "Buried in ice", really cheap in "Amazon", so I probably will add it to my collection. I didn´t know neither the article.

    I don´t know if perhaps there would be more photographs or daguerrotipes of other participants of the expedition (more than those visible in the "Scott Research Institute"), I´ve found others of the officers in the blogs of the "Franklinists", especially of the sailors and of the Royal Marines. I don´t know why, having cameras in that time, nobody took a picture of the ships or of the people before leaving. They even had a camera on board, Why didn´t they take any picture of the journey to Disco Bay and sent back the originals?.

    1. I highly recommend "Buried In Ice". It's actually the first book I read on the Franklin Expedition, as it was the only one my local library had available. The "Polar Record" has many very fascinating articles, but they are very expensive to purchase.

      I think Prof. Russell Potter might have an entry on his "Visions of the North" blog regarding why nobody took more daguerreotypes. It's very frustrating not to know what the majority of the ships' companies looked like!

  3. I have just bought the book "buried in ice", one more to my collection (though i have to wait for receiving it), but it is true that the prices of the articles are really very expensive, even if you choose the 24 h option to read it.

    I supposse you know this article "Scattered Memories and Frozen Bones" by Glenn Stein, but if not, you can read it in the blog of William Battersby here:


    Inside the whole history of the Franklin expedition that of this man who had the "Peglar Papers" is one of my favourites, intriguing and fascinating. Who was him, Peglar, Gibson, Armitage? Why was he walking alone? Why he left on the rear? What is the content of the letters he carry?, why?, why, why?. So many whyes I am afraid.

    1. Send me an e-mail, and I will send you some very interesting Franklin Expedition articles. My address is: jaeschylus@hotmail.com