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Resolute : the epic search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the discovery of the Queen's ghost ship

Author: Martin W Sandler
Publisher: New York : Sterling Pub. Co., ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Almost everyone knows the photo of John F. Kennedy, Jr., as a young boy, peering out from under his father's desk in the Oval Office. But few realize that the desk itself plays a part in one of the world's most extraordinary mysteriesa̮ dramatic tale that has never before been told in its full scope. This amazing high-seas adventure encompasses the search for the Northwest Passage in the early 1800s; a renowned
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Named Person: John Franklin; John Franklin, Forschungsreisender.; John Franklin; John Franklin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin W Sandler
ISBN: 1402740859 9781402740855
OCLC Number: 72695861
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Description: xix, 299 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Dramatis personae --
Foreword --
Introduction --
The Arctic prize --
First attempts --
The man who ate his boots --
The indomitable Parry --
Ross tries again --
All hopes rest on Franklin --
Vanished --
The prize at last --
The Arctic traffic jam --
Rescue and abandonment --
A devastating report and a remarkable journey --
The Resolute comes home --
The triumph of the Fox --
Still searching --
Drifting and seeking --
The search for the records --
Remarkable gift, enduring mystery --
Epilogue --
Appendix I: Timeline --
Appendix II: Plans of the HMS Resolute --
Appendix III: John Franklin's orders.
Responsibility: Martin W. Sandler.
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