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The last of the Arctic voyages : being a narrative of the expedition in H.M.S. Assistance under the command of Captian Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., in search of Sir John Franklin during the years 1852-53-54

Author: Edward Belcher, SirJohn Richardson, SirJohn William SalterRichard OwenThomas BellAll authors
Publisher: London : Lovell Reeve, 5, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London : John Edward Taylor, printer, 1855. 1855
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When the experienced Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) was put in command of an expedition in 1845 to search for the elusive North-West Passage he had the backing of the Admiralty and was equipped with two specially-adapted ships and a three-year supply of provisions. Franklin was last seen by whalers in Baffin Bay in July 1845. When the expedition failed to return in 1848, enormous resources were  Read more...
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Belcher, Edward, Sir, 1799-1877.
Last of the Arctic voyages.
London : L. Reeve, 1855
(OCoLC)576484397
Online version:
Belcher, Edward, Sir, 1799-1877.
Last of the Arctic voyages.
London : L. Reeve, 1855
(OCoLC)608943586
Named Person: John Franklin; Edward Belcher, Sir
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Belcher, Sir; John Richardson, Sir; John William Salter; Richard Owen; Thomas Bell; Lovell Reeve; John Edward Taylor; Vincent Brooks
OCLC Number: 3556818
Notes: Volume I: xx, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates ; volume 2: vii, 419 pages, 24 unnumbered leaves of plates.
Plates signed: Vincent Brooks Lith.
Includes index.
Description: 2 volumes, 40 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some folded) ; 25 cm
Contents: Volume 2: Appendix A Orders --
Volume 2: Appendix B General report on the provisions, preserved meats, comforts, clothing, etc. constituting the sea stock of H.M.S. Assistance, for Arctic service, upon her departure from England on the 21st April, 1852; with remarks as to their quality and fitness or otherwise for such service, etc. --
Volume 2: Appendix C Winter fittings --
Volume 2: Appendix D Weight and analysis of cubes of salt water or floe ice / by Dr. R. D. Thompson --
Volume 2: Appendix E Observations on ice crystals --
Volume 2: Appendix F General tables of meteorology --
Volume 2: Appendix G Comparative tables of temperature, obtained from Arctic voyages, 1819 to 1855 --
Account of the fish / by Sir John Richardson --
Account of the Arctic carboniferous fossils / by J. W. Salter --
Notes on some remains of an Ichthyosaurus discovered by Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., R.N., at Exmouth Island, in lat. 77°16' N., long. 96° W / by Professor Owen --
Account of the shells collected by Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., north of Beechey Island / by Lovell Reeve --
Account of the crustacea / by Thomas Bell --
Inscriptions on the cenotaph in Beechey Island.
Responsibility: with notes on the natural history by Sir John Richardson, Professor Owen, Thomas Bell, J.W. Salter, and Lovell Reeve.

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When the experienced Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) was put in command of an expedition in 1845 to search for the elusive North-West Passage he had the backing of the Admiralty and was equipped with two specially-adapted ships and a three-year supply of provisions. Franklin was last seen by whalers in Baffin Bay in July 1845. When the expedition failed to return in 1848, enormous resources were mobilised to try to discover its fate. In 1852 H.M.S. 'Assistance' was sent to lead another search mission. It was captained by Edward Belcher (1799-1877), who eventually took the decision to abandon four ships in the pack-ice. He recounts his unsuccessful adventure, defending his actions against critics.

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