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.

miércoles, 26 de septiembre de 2018


This is how exploration looks like:

When one thinks on how exploration ships sailed in search of a Northwest passage, barely can imagine the amount of changes of direction they had to take in order to examine every inlet that could lead them to the west.

I am impressed by the route followed by the Fury and Hecla during the second Parry´s expedition of 1821-23. I knew more or less how explorers of that time conducted they researches, but it is my believe that this route is specially twisted. I focused on that I when I was trying to locate the exact place where James Pringle, the seaman who fell from one of the mast of the Hecla, was buried in Winter Island in order to place the grave in my "Arctic graveyard" map.

It is not rare to find in the narratives of many expeditions that officers and men landed from time to time to make observations, hunting, etc. Often, during those incursions, cairns were built and documents buried.

This erratic course has made me think what could have been the route followed by the Erebus and Terror in 1846 while descending by Peel sound. I wouldn´t be surprised to find a forgotten cairn, maybe with a copper cilinder still intact inside, in the barely frequented shores of Browne bay, a big inlet which runs in southwest direction starting from the west side of Peel sound, waters which follows with precision the direction of Franklin orders. If this region has been searched before, I would be happy to know if something was found. Maybe some sledge parties from the 1850´s searching fleet of Horatio Austin, I should check out my notes.

3 comentarios:

  1. If a searcher were to go down the shores along Peel Sound, would a metal detector attuned to brass be able to indicate cylinders hidden in cairns ? if so, that would reduce the amount of time taking down cairns that have nothing in them.

  2. I think searches are using now such techniques to find potential messages

  3. I believe it was surveyed by helicopter in the 1990s.