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, 6 de junio de 2012


Investigando un poco por la red he localizado al que podría ser el tío de John Hepburn mencionado tan misteriosamente como el conde de S. en el diario de Joseph Rene Bellot escrito durante la expedición en busca de John Franklin de 1851 al mando de William Kennedy.

Según parece el 5º conde de Selkirk, Thomas Douglas compró junto con Alexander McKenzie parte de las acciones de la Hudson Bay Company. Thomas murió en 1820, por tanto dado que la entrada del diario de Joseph René data del año 1851, no pudo ser Thomas el tio al que Joseph hace referencia.

Le sucedió Durban, James Douglas, su hijo, como 6º conde de Selkirk.  Probablemente este heredara de su padre la parte correspondiente de la compañía y de ahí la referencia de Joseph en su diario. Aunque la referencia del diario a la propiedad de las acciones corresponde al padre, la descripción del tio encaja con la de Thomas, como conde de Selkirk, como uno de los primeros en enviar allí (Canadá) emigrantes desde Escocia, y que probablemente Durban debió continuar. Además es probable que ambos tuviesen parte de la propiedad de la compañía.

Landing of the Selkirk Settlers Red River 1812

No obstante, no estoy seguro de esta afirmación y continúo tratando de identificar las identidades de su padre y de su tio.

Investigating a little in the web i´ve located who could be the uncle of John Hepburn mentioned so misteriously as the Earl of S. in the Joseph Rene Bellot Journal written during the searching of Franklin expedition of 1851 under the command of William Kennedy.

It seems that the 5th Earl of Earl of Selkirk, Thomas Douglas bought together with Alexander McKenzie part of the shares of the Hudson Bay Company. Thomas died in 1820, so, as the comment in the Joseph Rene journal dates from 1851, it couldn´tbe Thomas the uncle which Joseph was referering to.

Durban, James Douglas, his son, succeded him as the 6th Earl of Selkirk. Probably he inherited the corresponding part of the company and form there the reference of Joseph in his Journal. Though the journal reference about the propierty of the shares belongs his father, the uncle description fits well with that of Thomas, the earl of Selkirk, as one of the first in sending Scottish emigrants there (Canada) and that Durban must continue, is likely that both had part of the properties of the company.

However, i am not sure of this affirmation and i continue trying to identify their identities.

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