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.



What I begun as a babylonian project has become now a cooperative one on which several polar enthusiast are currently involved, Stepehn Nicholson, Russell Potter and me for now and we hope we could be more soon. I encourage you to join us in our fishing to capture one or another picture of forgotten explorers.

In my case, sometimes I find a rare portrait, others I find a widely known one which is unknown for me (sorry for those) and more rarely I found and old photograph which by chance has been recently scanned and published by some museum or it is just available to be purchased is some auction. Is then when our prizes show their heads to breath when we should be there, patiently waiting, TO CATCH THEM!!

WHAT IS NEW TODAY 31 july 2016

A rare portrait of Eirbing, Hunter and guide of Charles Francis Hall, posted by Russell Potter

A not very known portrait of one of my favourite explorers. Captain John Ross.

Captain Sir John Ross
By Benjamin Rawlinson Faulkner

William Parker Snow 10 february 2015

Poole Museum

And who was William Parker Snow? One peculiar character who participated in 1850 in one of the searching expeditions after Franklin. He was on board the Prince Albert and wrote later the narrative of that voyage.  For more cursory information, please visit this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Parker_Snow There are a couple of articles published in Polar Record about him and his plans to rescue the lost Franklin: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=5397180


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