By Andrew Cohen
The tale of the daring voyage of HMS Investigator and the modern day discovery of its smash via Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologists.
When Sir John Franklin disappeared within the Arctic within the 1840s, the British Admiralty introduced the most important rescue undertaking in its historical past. one of the seek vessels used to be HMS Investigator, which left England in 1850 below the command of Captain Robert McClure. whereas the formidable McClure by no means chanced on Franklin, he and his staff did become aware of the fabled Northwest Passage.
Like Franklin’s ships, notwithstanding, Investigator disappeared within the such a lot distant, bleak and unknown position on the earth. for 3 winters, its sixty six souls have been trapped within the unforgiving ice of Mercy Bay. They suffered chilly, darkness, hunger, scurvy, boredom, melancholy and insanity. after they have been rescued in 1853, Investigator used to be abandoned.
For greater than a century and a part, the ship’s destiny remained a secret. Had it been beaten by means of the ice or swept out to sea? In 2010, Parks Canada despatched a workforce of archaeologists to Mercy Bay to determine. It was once an impressive problem, challenging services and endurance. There, off the seashores of Aulavik nationwide Park, they discovered Investigator.
Lost underneath the Ice is a story of persistence, bold, deceit, braveness, and irony. it's a tale a couple of tempestuous team, their mercurial captain, cynical health care professional and kind-hearted missionary. in any case, McClure discovered repute yet misplaced his send, a few of his staff and masses of his honour. Written with attractiveness and authority, illustrated with archival imagery and startling underwater images of Investigator and its artifacts, this can be a sensational tale of discovery and intrigue in Canada’s Arctic.
Andrew Cohen is a best-selling writer and award-winning journalist. between his books are While Canada Slept, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, The Unfinished Canadian, and remarkable Canadians: Lester B. Pearson. He writes a nationally syndicated column for The Ottawa Citizen and reviews usually on CTV. A professor of journalism and overseas affairs at Carleton college, he's founding president of the Historica-Dominion Institute. He has two times bought Queen’s Jubilee Medals.
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