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Hunters on the track : William Penny and the search for Franklin

Author: W Gillies Ross
Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Captains of whaling vessels were experienced navigators of northern waters, and William Penny was in the vanguard of the whaling fraternity. Leading the first maritime expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, he stood out not just for his skill as a sailor but for his curiosity about northern geography and his willingness to seek out Inuit testimony to map uncharted territory. Hunters on the Track describes and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ross, W. Gillies (William Gillies), 1931-
Hunters on the track.
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1066044122
Named Person: William Penny; John Franklin; John Franklin; William Penny
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: W Gillies Ross
ISBN: 0773558330 9780773558335 9780773558328 0773558322
OCLC Number: 1089832846
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Franklin Departs --
William Penny and Arctic Whaling --
The Summer of 1845 --
Whaling Interlude --
Concern Mounts --
A Silver Penny --
Under Way --
More Hunters on the Track --
North from Disko --
Sail versus Steam --
A Massacre Reported --
To the West Land --
Into Lancaster Sound --
Wellington Channel --
West to Cornwallis Island --
Beset in the Drifting Pack --
Into Winter Quarters --
Preparations for Winter --
The Festive Season --
The Sledging Season: A False Start --
Second Attempt.
Responsibility: W. Gillies Ross.
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"Captains of whaling vessels were experienced navigators of northern waters, and William Penny was in the vanguard of the whaling fraternity. Leading the first maritime expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, he stood out not just for his skill as a sailor but for his curiosity about northern geography and his willingness to seek out Inuit testimony to map uncharted territory. Hunters on the Track describes and analyzes the efforts made by the Scottish whaling master to locate Franklin's missing expedition. Bookended by an account of Penny's whaling career, including the rediscovery of Cumberland Sound, which would play a vital role in British whaling a decade later, W. Gillies Ross provides an in-depth history of the first Franklin searches. He reconstructs the brief but frenetic period when the English-speaking world was preoccupied with locating Franklin, but when the means of that search--the ships chosen, the route taken, the evidence of Franklin's traces--were contested and uncertain. Ross details the particularities of each search at a time when no fewer than eight ships comprising four search expeditions were attempting to find Franklin's tracks. Reconstructing events, relationships, and decisions, he focuses on the work of Penny as commander of HMS Lady Franklin and Sophia, while also outlining the events of other expeditions and interactions among the officers and crews. William Penny is respected as one of the most influential and innovative figures in British Arctic whaling history, but his brief role in the Franklin expedition is less known. Using primary sources, notably private journals from each of the expeditions, Hunters on the Track places him at the forefront of a critical chapter of maritime history and the geographical exploration that began after Franklin disappeared."--

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