By Andrew Cohen
The tale of the daring voyage of HMS Investigator and the modern day discovery of its destroy via Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologists.
When Sir John Franklin disappeared within the Arctic within the 1840s, the British Admiralty introduced the biggest rescue challenge in its background. one of the seek vessels was once HMS Investigator, which left England in 1850 below the command of Captain Robert McClure. whereas the bold McClure by no means stumbled on Franklin, he and his team did notice the fabled Northwest Passage.
Like Franklin’s ships, although, Investigator disappeared within the so much distant, bleak and unknown position in the world. 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. once 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 overwhelmed by way of the ice or swept out to sea? In 2010, Parks Canada despatched a crew of archaeologists to Mercy Bay to determine. It was once an impressive problem, difficult services and persistence. There, off the beaches of Aulavik nationwide Park, they discovered Investigator.
Lost underneath the Ice is a story of patience, bold, deceit, braveness, and irony. it's a tale a few tempestuous workforce, their mercurial captain, cynical physician and kind-hearted missionary. after all, McClure stumbled on popularity yet misplaced his send, a few of his staff and lots more and plenty of his honour. Written with attractiveness and authority, illustrated with archival imagery and startling underwater pictures of Investigator and its artifacts, it is 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 amazing Canadians: Lester B. Pearson. He writes a nationally syndicated column for The Ottawa Citizen and reviews usually on CTV. A professor of journalism and foreign affairs at Carleton collage, he's founding president of the Historica-Dominion Institute. He has two times obtained Queen’s Jubilee Medals.
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Lost Beneath the Ice: The Story of HMS Investigator by Andrew Cohen