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The gates of hell : Sir John Franklin's tragic quest for the North West Passage

Author: Andrew D Lambert
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2009.
Series: On Demand
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Andrew Lambert, a leading authority on naval history, reexamines the life of Sir John Franklin and his final, doomed Arctic voyage. Franklin was a man of his time, fascinated, even obsessed with, the need to explore the world; he had already mapped nearly two-thirds of the northern coastline of North America when he undertook his third Arctic voyage in 1845, at the age of fifty-nine.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Franklin; John Franklin; John Franklin; John (Forschungsreisender) Franklin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew D Lambert
ISBN: 9780300154856 0300154852 9780300167887 0300167881 9780789744432 0789744430
OCLC Number: 317471857
Description: xii, 428 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue : Erebus : the Gates of Hell --
The North West Passage : designs and delusions --
John Franklin : navigator --
Another career --
Scientific empires --
From Van Diemen's land to Tasmania, 1836-43 --
Science, culture and civilisation --
'The nucleus of an iceberg' --
Magnetic empires --
'Till our provisions get short' --
Defeated, deceived and defrauded --
Belcher --
Martyrs of science --
Arctic Fox --
Big art, brazen lies and the 'great explorer' --
Terror : what really happened?
Series Title: On Demand
Responsibility: Andrew Lambert.
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Andrew Lambert, a leading authority on naval history, reexamines the life of Sir John Franklin and his final, doomed Arctic voyage. Franklin was a man of his time, fascinated, even obsessed with, the need to explore the world; he had already mapped nearly two-thirds of the northern coastline of North America when he undertook his third Arctic voyage in 1845, at the age of fifty-nine.

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