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ICE BLINK The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition by  Scott Cookman - First Edition - c. 2000 - from VELMA CLINTON BOOKS and Biblio.com

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ICE BLINK The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition

by Cookman, Scott

Condition: Very Good- in Very Good- dust jacket


NY: John Wiley & Sons. Very Good- in Very Good- dust jacket. c. 2000. First Edition. Hardcover; First Printing. 0471377902 . One tiny stain on front cover, the surface of the ffep has been roughened by the removal of something (bookplate? ) , otherwise book is almost as new. Very minor wear on the clean, complete DJ. ; 9-1/4" Tall, xii + 244pp. Off-white boards, bright silver lettering. HISTORY. ICE BLINK (the name sailors gave the haunting mirages formed by reflections off pack ice) probes one of the most enduring mysteries in the annals of exploration - the baffling disappearance of the largest, best-equipped expeditiion of its day. Led by veteran Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, two ships and 129 handpicked officers and men sailed from Greenland on July 12, 1845, seeking a navigable shortcut to link the Atlantic and Pacific. .. On July 23, Franklin's ships were spotted by two whaling ships in Baffin Bay. They were never seen again. .. Cookman provides an unforgettable account of the ill-fated expedition, vividly reconstructing the lives and events of a voyage that began with the certainty of success and led instead into oblivion. Drawing upon original research, he also suggests a human culprit and reveals a terrifying new explanation for what triggered the expedition's doom. " .. Index. Bibliography. An appendix lists the mortality rates of northwest passage voyages. Includes the expedition's muster. Occasional b/w photos in text. .


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