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Old 07-29-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default After 150 Years, Lost Ship Is Found

The HMS Investigator, looking for the Northwest Passage has been found and is in very good condition standing upright in 6 fathoms of water.
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:29 PM   #2
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Lakeside Classic Books, http://www.lakesideclassicbooks.com, printed a autobiography of a Captain who had to over winter in the Arctic 2 winters because they were stuck.

I THINK it was about the HMS Investigator.

It described one of the most horrible times I could imagine. Two winters, tearing the ship to burn to just to survive. But, you had to remember that you had to sail the boat out so you couldn't take too much off.

They ended up cutting moss and using it as insulation and eventually got down to just a small inhabitable room. Very little food and they laid around a lot just to conserve calories.

Several went for the "long walk" and a few went native. There were some original peoples around them. The first year they were well but the second winter they were also hungry.

Eventually, they had to drag two life boats about 1300 miles over the ice to get to open water.

They were eventually picked up.
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I found the title and subject of the book.

http://www.townsendbooks.com/lakeside.htm

Arctic Explorations by Elisha Kent Kane, First thus Published by The Lakeside Press in Chicago: 1996. Fine in dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt text & decorations with a gilt top edge. The Lakeside Classic release of 1996. Initially published in 1856 by Childs and Peterson of Philadelphia. The book became a best seller in its time and then fell into relative obscurity by the turn of the century. It is the story of the second Grinnell Expedition in search of the famous Franklin Expedition which was lost without a trace in 1845 while in search of the Northwest Passage.



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The Second Grinnell Expedition of 1853 was an American effort, financed by Henry Grinnell, to determine the fate of the Franklin's lost expedition. Led by Dr. Elisha Kent Kane, the team explored areas northwest of Greenland, now called Grinnell Land. While failing to determine the fate of Franklin, the expedition set a new record for northward penetration, delineated 960 miles of unexplored coastline north of 82° latitude, and discovered the long-sought open Polar Sea [1]. Kane collected valuable geographical, climate and magnetic observations before abandoning the brig Advance to the pack ice in 1855. While three members of the crew were lost, the epic journey of the survivors inspired the public as a vivid tale of arctic survival.
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It's amazing to me to read these types of stories and learn what the human spirit will endure in the name of survival. Adding the sea element makes it even more compelling.

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