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, 25 de septiembre de 2019


There is an interesting aspect of the Polar expeditions data base on which I am working on which consists on identifying all the books published related with all of them. 

The data base is not finished and may not be finished ever (I have 363 expeditions registered so far), but in the meantime and in honour of all of the members of the Remembering the Franklin expedition Facebook group, I have compiled all the books related specificaly with the Franklin expedition, fiction or not and also old and new. I don´t think any other expedition could reach the number of books of this list which overcome the 100´s, not even Scott vs Amundsen expeditions of 1911. So please, my beloved Franklinites, be prudent and think it twice before going for all of them!

I have to give a huge THANKS to the polar researcher Alison Fairchild who has kindly forwarded me an impressive list of polar books from which I could rescue many essential titles which I had omitted.

I have omitted those which tell the stories of the subsequent searching expeditions. Those are linked to their own ones,  but  I have included those books which give a broad picture about the whole history related with the discovery of the Northwest passage and also Sir John Franklin biographies.

There must be many more books out there, and in time the list will be more exhaustive than it is right now so ... don´t blame me please if any of your favourite ones is not among them, just warn me!!... and don´t doubt on telling me if there is any mistake or any duplicate, I am open to corrections and suggestions too.

Of course, you can check that the ESSENTIAL FRANKLIN BOOKSHELF, proposed by Russell Potter some years ago, is properly represented in the list below. 

While looking for them I have found some whoich are completely new to me, and also others with titles so astonishing like this one: 

"Euthanasia: a poem in four cantos of Spenserian metre on the discovery of the North-west Passage "

I hope you will enjoy the list and please, don´t forget to tell me which ones I have forgotten.

Neptune's heroes; or, The sea-kings of England, from Sir John Howkins to Sir John Franklin Adams, W. H. Davenport 1861
Crystal Vision Alan M Young
Life of Sir John Franklin and the North-west Passage (1891) Albert Hastings Markham 1891
The Ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer Alison Alexander 2016
Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar Navigation Andrew D. Lambert 2010
The Gates of Hell: Sir John Franklin’s Tragic Quest for the North-West Passage Andrew Lambert
The Man Who Ate His Boots: Sir John Franklin and the Tragic History of the Northwest Passage Anthony Brandt 2011
Sir John Franklin: Expeditions to Destiny Anthony Dalton 2012
Sir John Franklin: The Man Who Ate Is Own Boots (Who Was.?) Beardsley, Martyn 2005
Deadly Winter: The Life of Sir John Franklin Beardsley, Martyn 2002
Sir John Franklin Beesly, A. H. 1881
Sir John Franklin Brandes, Karl 1854
The Ice Passage: A True Story of Ambition, Disaster, and Endurance in the Arctic Wilderness Brian Payton 2010
Euthanasia: a poem in four cantos of Spenserian metre on the discovery of the North-west Passage by Sir John Franklin Brodie, E. H. (Erasmus Henry) 1866
A sequel to the North-west passage and the plans for the search for Sir John Franklin a review Brown, John 1860
The Emigrant's Farewell Browne, Liam 2007
Weird And Tragic Shores C.C. Loomis 2000
North-West by South. A novel Cato, Nancy 1980
Tracing the Connected Narrative: Arctic Exploration in British Print Culture 1818-1860 Cavell, Janice
Weird and Tragic shores C.C. Loomis
Captain John Franklin and Sir Ernest Shackleton: The History of Britain's Most Famous Polar Explorers and Their Expeditions Charles River Editors 2018
Captain John Franklin's Lost Expedition: The History of the British Explorer's Arctic Voyage in Search of the Northwest Passage Charles River Editors 2016
Mr Barrow of the Admiralty Christopher Lloyd 1970
Franklin's footsteps Clements Robert Markham
Epitome of spirit-intercourse a condensed view of spiritualism, in its scriptural, historical, actual and scientific aspects;.. Manifestations in Nova Scotia; important communications from the spirits of Sir John Franklin Cridge, Alfred. 1854
The Terror Dan Simmons
Unravelling the Franklin Mystery Dave Woodman
Strangers among us Dave Woodman
On the Proper Use of Stars Dominique Fortier 2011
 Encounters on the Passage: The Inuit Meet the Explorers Dorothy Eber
Lady Franklin of Russell Square Erika Behrisch Elce
Narrative of the Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin and His Party F. Leopold M'Clintock 1859
Les successeurs de Sir John Franklin scènes et tableaux des mers arctiques Feuilleret, Henri, 1880
Schwatka's search; sledging in the Arctic in quest of the
 The discovery of Sir John Franklin, and other poems
Frederick Schwtcka
Franklin, Happy Voyager. Being the life and death of Sir John Franklin G. F. Lamb, John Franklin 1956
Franklin’s Lost Ship: the Historical Discovery of HMS Erebus Geiger, John and Mitchell, Alanna
Arctic Labyrinth Glyn Williams
Life with the Esquimaux: the narrative of Captain Charles Francis Hall Hall, Charles Francis
The Navy the Company and Richard King Hugh N. Wallace
Sir John Franklin’s Erebus and Terror Expedition: Lost and Found Hutchinson, Gillian
Sir John Franklin the discovery of his fate - Forty years silence now made public J. Henry Skewes 1889
Across the top of the world James Delgado
Across the top of the world James P. Delgado
As Affecting the Fate of My Absent Husband: Selected Letters of Lady Franklin Concerning the Search for the Lost Franklin Expedition  Jane Griffin
The Franklin COnspiracy

White Horizon: The Arctic in the 19th Century British Imagination
Jeffrey Blair Latt
Jen Hill
The Melancholy Fate of Sir John Franklin and His Party, as Disclosed in Dr. Raes Report; Together with the Despatches and Letters of Captain m'Clure, and Other Officers Employed in the Arctic Expeditions John Rae, Robert M'Clure
The melancholy fate of Sir John Franklin and his party, as disclosed in Dr. Rae"s report; together with the despatches and letters of Captain M'Clure, and other officers employed in the Arctic expeditions John Rae/Robert McLure 1854
Trapped John Roobol 2019
Franklin's Fate: an investigation into what happened to the lost 1845 expedition of Sir John Franklin John Roobol
Rear Admiral Sir John Franklin a narrative of the circumstances and causes which led to the failure of the searching expeditions sent by government and others for the rescue of Sir John Franklin John Ross 1855
North with Franklin John Wilson
Graves of ice the lost Franklin expedition
Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin's Final Expedition
John Wilson
Karen Ryan
Lament the night Kassandra Alvarado
White passage Kassandra Alvarado
Zombies: The Fall of london Kassandra Alvarado
Fatal Passage Ken McGoogan 2002
Dead Reckoning Ken McGoogan
Dead Reckoning Ken McGoogan
Lady Franklin’s Revenge Ken McGoogan
Overland to Starvation Cove With the Inuit in Search of Franklin 1878-1880 Klutschak, Heinrich
Sir John Franklin: The Search for the Northwest Passage Knudsen, Anders 2007
Notice biographique sur l'amiral Sir John Franklin, correspondant de la Société de géographie La Roquette, Jean Bernard Marie Alexandre Dezos de
The Gates of Hell: Sir John Franklin's Tragic Quest for the North West Passage Lambert, Andrew 2009
Adventure to the polar sea,: The story of Sir John Franklin Lambert, Richard Stanton
Poems and Songs; with Lectures on the Genius and Works of Burns, and the Rev, George Gilfillan and Letter on Sir John Franklin and the Arctic Regions LIVINGSTON, PETER 1863
Life of Sir John Franklin and the North-West Passage Markham, Albert Hastings 1891
The Spectral Arctic: A History of Dreams and Ghosts in Polar Exploration McCorristine, Shane
Erebus Michael Palin
Heroes of Discovery Livingstone, Park, Franklin, Cook, Magellan Mossman, Samuel
ARCTIC SOLITUDES Mountevans, Admiral Lord. 1953
Arctic heroes: facts and incidents of Arctic explorations from the earliest voyages to the discovery of the fate of Sir John Franklin Mudge, Z[achariah] 1875
The Search for Franklin; Neatby, Leslie H.
The career, last voyage, and fate of Captain Sir John Franklin Osborn, Sherard, 1822-1875 1860
Frozen in time Owen Beattie, John Geiger 1984
Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition Owen Beattie, John Geiger 1984
Reflections on the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin Parsons, James, 1857
Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition Paul Watson 2018
Arctic Grail Pierre Berton
Sir John Franklin's Last Arctic Expedition (Search for Sir John Franklin) Richard Cyriax 1939
Wanting Richard Flanagan 2016
Lost! The Franklin Expedition and the Fate of Captain F.R.M. Crozier and the Crews of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror in 1848-1849 Richard Galaburri
The Franklin Expedition from First to Last Richard King
The Fate of Franklin Roderick Owen
Hunters on the Track Ross, Gillies W
Finding Frankllin Russell Potter 2016
Arctic spectacles Russell Potter
The Search for the North-West Passage Savours, Anne
Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition Scott Cookman 2000
The Beautiful Lie Sheenagh Pugh 2003
A narrative of Arctic discovery, from the earliest period to the present time with the details of the measures adopted by Her Majesty's government for the relief of the expedition under Sir John Franklin Shillinglaw, John J. 1850
Sir John Franklin and the Arctic regions: a narrative, showing the progress of British enterprise for the discovery of the north-west passage duing the nineteenth century Simmonds, P. L. 1853
Sir John Franklin Sir Henry Elliot
Sir John Franklin the true secret of the discovery of his fate : a "revelation" : "a little child shall lead them" Skewes, J. Henry 1889
The town of Sir John Franklin : a history of Spilsby in Lincolnshire, with notes on Eresby and other places connected therewith Smith, Harry Cotton 1892
Captain Francis Crozier: Last Man Standing? Smith, Michael
The Discovery Of Slowness Sten Nadolny 2019
The Relief of the Franklin Expedition: What Has Been Done and What May Yet Be Done Stuart, John
Thompson, George Malcolm The North-West Passage
The Life of Sir John Franklin RN Traill, Henry Duff
The discovery of Sir John Franklin, and other poems Turner, J. A 1858
Relics of the Franklin Expedition Walpole, Garth and Potter, Russell
Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition Watson, Paul
Franklin and McClintock: Poems WEST, David S. 1977
The frozen Deep Wilkie Collins
James Fitzjames: The Mistery man of the Franklin expedition William Battersby
The Franklin Expedition: Or Considerations on Measures for the Discovery and Relief of Our Absent Adventurers in the Arctic Regions William Scoresby 1850
The Man Who Ate His Boots: Remarkable Story of Sir John Franklin,1786-1847 Wilson, Catherine M. 1994
Boundless: Adventures in the Northwest Passage Winter, Kathleen
Thirty Years in the Arctic Regions: The Narrative of a Polar Explorer (Paperback)
Great Explorers: Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan, Mungo Park, Sir John Franklin, David Livingstone, Christopher Columbus, etc.

3 comentarios:

  1. Great list! I may never make my way through all of them, but at least I will have enough reading material for years to come 😄. Here's a curiosity for the list. By no means required reading. "The Franklin Conspiracy" by Jeffrey Blair Latta

    1. Latta's book correctly foretold that one of the ships would be found in Queen Maud Gulf. That the ship had items taken by the Inuiut.

      And so it turned out to be the Erebus.