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, 28 de septiembre de 2012


I´ve found this mistery ship in the middle of a collection of photos which came from the Toronto Public Library. This ship appears without date and without author. I wonder what ship could her be...


The photograph could be (by its quality) of the end of the S.XIX or the begining of the S.XX. The ship is a steam ship and it is beset in the ice. In the front of the ship are a man and what seems to be a boat or a sledge.

But, besides finding this little mistery, I´ve found this interesting web site, that perhaps a lot of you already knows, is this:


I am sure that you are going to find it as interesting as I believe it is. There are a lot of ancient maps and rare sketches.

7 comentarios:

  1. Yep, that looks like a steam ship. Interesting image. Can't wait to have a better look at the Toronto Library website! You find some really neat things!

  2. It helps me the "All powerful" google. Hehe!!

    I think that it could be the "Thetis" one of the rescue ships of the Greely expedition because the position of the smokestack, the disposition of the masts, etc.


  3. It could be one of Frank Hurleys photo's of Shackletons Endurance,they look similar

  4. At first sight I thought the same, but if you compare the two last masts they are different, this ship have (I don´t know how to say it in English ¿vergas?) the "horizontal" poles. The Endurance hadn´t got them, but the discovery of Scott is more similar. What I don´t know is if you can put or quit this kind of poles on a ship during a trip.

  5. Hey!!!, I think that I have the solution...Could it be this ship??


    It is the "Panther" the rigging is pretty similar, and it makes sense because Bradford was Canadian. I have to ask to Russell.

  6. The mistery has been solved!!! In fact the ship is the Panther (see figure 5 in the link below):


    How easy. Great work Andrés!!! You are a "Crack".

    It is clear that I am spending a bored evening.

    1. Capital work, Andres! Those horizontal vergas are called yards. They are "spars on a mast from which sails are set."