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Frozen In Time: Unlocking The Secrets Of The Franklin Expedition (Viagens Radicais)

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This new edition of Frozen in Time expands on the history of early British Arctic exploration and places the tragically fated Franklin expedition in the context of other expeditions of the era, including those commanded by George Back and James Clark Ross, which also suffered unaccountable and devastating losses. The authors' research reveals an unexpected — and ironic — c ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published by Douglas & McIntyre (first published 1987)
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Aug 01, 2013 Punk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoyed Dan Simmons' The Terror
Non-Fiction. The Franklin Expedition left England in 1845, made a stop in Greenland, met up with some whalers by an iceberg, and then disappeared into the Canadian Arctic forever, leaving behind two message cylinders, hundreds of tin cans, and three marked graves.

I recently read Dan Simmons' The Terror, a fictional account of the Franklin expedition, and became fascinated by the subject. I wanted to learn more about the history of the expedition so I wouldn't leave the topic under the mistaken i
Jun 28, 2009 Shannaynay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never, ever, ever go on an expedition in the arctic.....NEVER.
Mar 29, 2008 R.Friend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
I recently rediscovered this fascinating book...

I happened upon it by chance way back in 1990, when it jumped out at me at a B. Dalton Bookseller. Morbid, I know, but the idea of frozen corpses from 1845 looking as if they'd died yesterday—or stranger still, as if they hadn't died at all—is incredibly intriguing. To me, at least. And apparently to the girl I was dating at the time, as she totally kept my copy.

I recently came across something about the Franklin expedition and began to recall ho
Haunting, distributing, atmospheric and educational - Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition is this and more.

From detailed source accounts comprising a bevy of topics (the nutritional value tinned cans as food aboard the ships, letters to the sailors from loved ones, and more), this chilling tale of the doomed Franklin Expedition to the Arctic to chart the North Passage is a historians and general interest readers' delight - despite the macabre and detailed exhumation of frozen co
This is the study that re-define or "solved" the mystery of Franklin (you know, one of those stories where white men act like stupid white men). The introduction is by Atwood, and the thesis is proven pretty well. It is a good read, even with the science.
William Battersby
Jun 26, 2011 William Battersby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the epochal books about the Franklin Expedition.

At the time Owen Beattie's perception in identifying lead poisoning as a cause of the disaster was perhaps the biggest step forward since the nineteeth century. Having formed this hypothesis from examining bone fragments from King William Island, he then masterminded the autopsies of the three men buried at Beechey Island, which further validated the hypothesis.

The book takes us through the problem as Beattie saw it and gives a gene
Ann Helen
Jan 21, 2016 Ann Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Yet by far the strongest and most vivid memory Beattie has of this remarkable event centers not around the final thawing of Torrington's body in the coffin, but on the lifting of the body out of the grave in preparation for autopsy"..." they moved him his head lolled onto Beattie's left shoulder; Beattie looked directly into Torrington's half opened eyes, only a few inches from his own. There was no rigidity of his body, and rigor mortis would have disappeared within hours of his death. Al ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This slim volume offers revelations and surprises for anyone interested in the modern investigation into the ill-fated 1845 expedition of Sir John Franklin and crew to discover the Northwest Passage. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that distilling the story down to forensic data and clinical examination and testing does not rob the Franklin expedition of any of its historic and mythic resonance. Indeed, these new details add a poignant human dimension to the Franklin legend, including som ...more
John Lucy
Nov 18, 2013 John Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riveting. Who knew a book about a failed sailing exploration in the 19th century could be so great? I certainly didn't and I was pleasantly surprised.

Half the book covers the British obsession with Arctic exploration in the 19th century, hoping to find the Northwest Passage, obviously with a special focus on the failed and lost exploration of Sir John Franklin. Even if you don't already know about Franklin's expedition and have no interest in it, you can still find this book very interesting and
♥ Marlene♥
Jun 05, 2011 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting book. Just worth it for the photos of the frozen bodies alone. Wow. Maybe I should have read this book before I read The fictional Terror by Dan Simmons. Now I see how much he has taken from this book.
Anyways thanks to the reburial and examination of the 3 sailors of the lost Franklin expedition we have learned a little bit of what happened to them.

It is clear that the biggest reason is as always money. The Navy decided to go with a new provisioner for the food who offered it at cut
Jun 05, 2013 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend to anyone interested in the history of polar expeditions, the search for the northwest passage and even medical history. A very thorough account of what doomed the Franklin Expedition.

Pieces together what most likely happened by using available forensic and anthropological evidence, along with historical documents from initial rescue attempts/investigations and first-hand Inuit accounts (seeing emaciated white sailors wandering aimlessly across the Arctic ice, mouths black and d
 (shan) Littlebookcove
The franklin expedition has fascinated me since I first read about it. This book unlike Dan shimmon's book based on this. Gives a detailed history of the franklin expedition, as well as modern day facts as to why the crew's of the boat's perished in such terrible way's All in all a fascinating read.
Aug 06, 2014 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, history
Three-and-a-half stars - four because I finally got to see the photographs of the Franklin mummies again after thirty years, three because the author writes in this weird third-person-semi-omniscient style that could have used some interviews with the scientists involved.
Jan 03, 2015 Darcey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the location of the Erebus all over Canadian news, I felt it worth my time to read about the tragedy of the Franklin Expedition and its associated explorations and those that followed it. This introduces an idea not generally discussed in the other media surrounding the expedition - namely, the involvement of not only scurvy and starvation but the effects of lead poisoning (from tinned meats) in contributing to the expedition's downfall. Hopefully as Parks Canada releases more information a ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I love stories about expeditions that end in mystery/disaster, particularly if they take place at sea in the 19th century, so obviously this tale was right up my alley. The writing got a bit dry and technical for my liking when the focus was on the 1980s exhumation work, but the earlier portion about the Franklin expedition itself was great.

This book introduced me to historical hottie James Clark Ross, the dreamiest man in the Royal Navy.

I really am wary of eating tinned food now, even though I
Sep 26, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Learned so much. Love arctic stuff.
Doug Schwer
Aug 10, 2014 Doug Schwer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: exploration
I never appreciated the extreme conditions that the 19th century polar explorers had to endure as they searched for the Northwest Passage, and the fact that they regularly spent two or three polar winters with the ships surrounded by ice, sometimes crushing the ships. The stories of various polar explorations and their hardships, and the discovery that lead poisoning from the tins exacerbated the scurvy and starvation already inflicting crews was fascinating. I knocked it a point for the writing ...more
Jan 25, 2010 SL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Arctic is cold, man.
This is a fantastic book!

The book is presented in two sections. Part 1 outlines some of the history behind the Franklin expedition and chronicles the subsequent rescue missions from the late 1940s and 1850s and their findings. Part 1 contains striking artwork from that time period depicting the Arctic landscape, the ships, skeletons found at the boat place, as well as photos of some of the ship captains. While I enjoyed the historical chapters, I found Part 2 to be the more interesting part of t
Mar 24, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I breezed through this one after stumbling across a YouTube video about this expedition. This whole "explore the arctic thing", was flat out whacked. To spend time on a ship in the dead cold, with barely anything to eat and no guarantee that you will ever get out of there, seems nuts. But most pioneers in anything were a little.

This book was awesome to me for many different reasons. It literally puts you into the desolation that is the arctic. The descriptions are so complete, that this book mad
Okay. I'm still reading this one--I've picked it back up for the first time since August--and I do have a couple things to say.

One: If you're looking for a good history-history of the Franklin expedition (that is, "so-and-so died on this day, then they moved to blarghargh"), then this might not be the book for you. (I'm still searching for good books on this subject; I have The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage sitting next to my bed, and I've alre
Janette Fleming
Oct 14, 2013 Janette Fleming rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Franklin expedition was not alone in suffering early and unexplained deaths. Indeed, both Back (1837) and Ross (1849) suffered early onset of unaccountable "debility" aboard ship and Ross suffered greater fatalities during his single winter in the Arctic than did Franklin during his first. Both expeditions were forced to retreat because of the rapacious illness that stalked their ships.

Frozen in Time makes the case that this illness (starting with the Back expedition) was due to the crews'
Ronald Kelland
Dec 09, 2013 Ronald Kelland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a seminal book for anybody with an interest in the Franklin Expedition, so, as a person who is fascinated with all things Franklin, I am somewhat surprised that it has taken me so many years to get around to reading it myself. This slim volume is a description of a multi-year archaeological and forensic investigation into the deaths of three victims of the Franklin expedition. The book offers a very brief history of the tragic expedition before diving into the exhumation of the graves. I ...more
Victor Gibson
Feb 05, 2012 Victor Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The disappearance of the Franklin Expedition is one of those unsolved events that has engaged explorers and scientists, ever since they failed to return from their attempt to find the Northwest passage. Subsequent expeditions fared not much better and their efforts to find Franklin and his shipmates is fascinating. Since reading this book I have read several about exploration into the Antarctic and the ships used for the Franklin expedition, Terror and Erebus, are commemorated in the names of tw ...more
Madelene Nieman
Mar 19, 2015 Madelene Nieman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love arctic tragedy and gruesome pictures of corpses, then this book is for you!

Frozen in Time is almost evenly split into two sections, dealing individually with the journey and destruction of Franklin's voyage and the 1980's exploration of several key sites. Both are equally gripping. Though the detailed explanation of the exhumation of bodies is at times tedious, it is well worth it.

Not only are the events described in great detail, but relevant context is given, a key for those new
Oct 17, 2014 Alaina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
And with that, I've read 100 books this year! This book was quite interesting--I love the sense that we can look back through time and see some of what it was like for Franklin and his men. I found the argument that lead poisoning must have been a factor in the failure of the expedition to be quite compelling, based on the autopsies Beattie conducted and analysis of bone fragments found on King William Island.

Thanks, Sara, for the Amazon card I used to buy this!
Oct 07, 2011 Graziella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read The Terror by Dan Simmons a few years ago, I found this book to be a fascinating read: a modern-day forensic analysis of the fate of the Franklin expedition, lost in their attempt to find the Northwest Passage across the frozen Canadian waters. What can be more unsettling and fascinating than losing into those remote wastes several hundred well equipped men, ultiamtely going years on morbid conjecture with scant evidence: all folks knew were that they were truly lost and had probably ...more
Dori Young
Aug 10, 2015 Dori Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am NOT a history junkie. This is an extremely unusual read for me. I read Dan Simmons' 'The Terror' (the expedition story with mysterious fictional elements) and it was so interesting to me that I had to know which parts were real, which characters were real, and if they ever found the Terror.

I read this from cover to cover - which earns it the 5 stars (see my first sentence).
Matthew Mccrady
Mar 06, 2014 Matthew Mccrady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book, although the story of the Franklin expedition is necessarily vague. No one survived, and no records survived from after the ship departed civilization. The mummified corpses of the three expedition members are gruesome to look at, but also mesmerizing. The black and white pictures in the Kindle edition only pique interest; they make you want to see more, preferably color photos.
Hazel Wheeler
I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. The exploration I the stories around the arctic expeditions are absolutely fascinating, and I couldn't help but be impressed by the drive/lunacy of those who would spend multiple years on a wooden ship in the arctic. On purpose. Descriptions of the author's excavations seemed a bit self-indulgent at times, but overall an enjoyable book.
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