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.

domingo, 15 de julio de 2012


Remorses in KWI_Author: me
Como se vivieron los últimos momentos de aquellos que tuvieron la fortuna o la desgracia de ser los últimos en morir en la última expedición de Franklin es algo que sin duda será siempre motivo de conjetura. Lo que sin duda seguro algunos debieron  sentir debió de ser remordimientos por recurrir al "último recurso". No obstante analizando las fotos de los oficiales de la expedición y los restos de William Braine, sabemos que los hombres que conformaban aquella expedición eran hombres duros, experimentados, con muchas millas a sus espaldas y algunas batallas, y que durante todos aquellos viajes habían convivido con la muerte e incluso la habian invitado a cenar y por tanto la conocían bien.

How would be the last moments of those who had the lucky or the misfortune to be the last to dye in the last Franklin expedition is something that, clearly will be forever a matter of conjecture. What some should feel would be remorse to fall in the "last resource" decission. However, only studying the photographs of the officers and the corpse of William Braine, we know that the men which form that expedition were hard men, experienced, with a lot of miles after them and some battles, and that during all those voyages they had been coexisting with the death and  they had even invited her for dinner and hence they known her well.

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