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Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
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Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition


“Intriguing. . . . The notable originality of Ice Ghosts lies in the fact that it brings the story right up-to-date. . . . [Watson] provides sharp and entertaining portraits of the various Franklin obsessives whose experience and expertise fed into the 2008 initiative.” (Ian McGuire, author of The North Water, New York Times Book Review)

“A splendid achievement.” (Ken McCoogan, author and Franklin Expedition expert, Toronto Globe & Mail)

The spellbinding true story of the greatest mystery of Arctic exploration—and the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge that led to the shipwrecks' recent discovery.

Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the Lost Franklin Expedition of 1845—whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice—with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incredible discovery of the flagship’s wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of the HMS Erebus and Terror setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization, and the decades of searching that turned up only rumors of cannibalism and a few scattered papers and bones—until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.

Title:Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages
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    Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition Reviews

  • Diane S ?
    Feb 27, 2017

    I am fascinated by anything to do with the Arctic, a place I will never go, truth to tell probably not even want to go, but I love reading about this extremely cold, ice packed place. Add in the Frank...

  • Matt
    May 11, 2017

    So, you’ve had a bad day? Maybe. But consider yourself lucky that your boss wasn’t Sir John Franklin, and that your day job wasn’t as a sailor on Franklin’s mid-19th century, multi-year Arctic...

  • Nancy
    Jan 12, 2017

    In 1847 Sir John Franklin left England and his adoring wife Lady Jane to seek the fabled Northwest Passage. He was 59 years old and it was his fourth journey to the Arctic. He had survived starvation ...

  • Jean Poulos
    Mar 05, 2017

    The oceans always have some great unsolved mystery disappearances. In the mid- 1840s the Royal Navy bomb ketches, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror disappeared in the Arctic of Canada. Paul Watson tells the s...

  • Steve
    Apr 15, 2017

    An interesting book and an intriguing mystery in the search for two lost ships in the Arctic during an 1845 expedition by John Franklin. Spanning 160 years the wreckage of the ships were found. John F...

  • Nick (
    Jan 27, 2017

    I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of this title. So, the failed Franklin Expedition of 1845 has been a subject that I have been obsessed with ever...

  • Joyce
    May 27, 2017

    Dan Simmon's novel, The Terror, was my introduction to the failed Franklin Expedition in 1845--a voyage of discovery to find that elusive Northwest Passage that would like Atlantic and Pacific oceans....

  • Karen
    Feb 12, 2017

    Much has been written about the lost Franklin expedition, but I have never read a book that so seamlessly weaves what is known about this history with the history of those who traveled to explore the ...

  • Peter
    Jul 14, 2017

    Paul Watson's "Ice Ghosts" brings the long, often confusing, muddled, politically bungled attempt of the search for the answers to what happened to the Franklin expedition into a sharper focus. Since ...

  • Larry
    Jul 02, 2017

    Andrew Lambert's "The Gates of Hell" has set the standard for me for several years, but Watson's book benefits from a bit of good research and a dogged expedition's findings last year. The research in...