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Erebus: The Story of a Ship

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If you're looking for Franklin information, I recommend Russell Potter's Finding Franklin; Palin's Erebus is a thorough account of Erebus, and I was excited to read this to learn of her lesser-known voyage with James Clark Ross. Apart from Danger Islets, there is Cape Longing, Cape Disappointment, Delusion Point and Exasperation Bay, only slightly compensated for by Useful Island on the other side of the peninsula"; чи сценка на російському кораблі, де команда захоплюється, що в них пливе справжній кіноактор, а Пейлін соромиться розказати, що його остання роль - це Молотов у "Смерті Сталіна"). Especially the last portion of the book; I am riding a motorbike around Colombia at the moment and I actually stayed an extra night here just to finish Erebus off.

However I confess I'd forgotten that the Erebus had a number of voyages of exploration before the final one.Despite a lifetime interest in history and travel, I am ashamed to confess that until I read this book neither the names of the ships nor the names of their famous crew were known to me. Many thanks to LibraryThing First Reviewers and Greystone Books for this advance copy in exchange for my review. It is when we are introduced to the various rescue missions and those who risked their own lives to try and find Franklin and his men, that the narrative seems to really come alive. A year later, the ships were led by John Franklin on the ill-fated attempt on the North West Passage. When one considers that both ships were square masted sailing ships and these voyages took place in the first half of the nineteenth century the scale of the undertakings becomes clear.

Erebus spent two years patrolling the Mediterranean “to annoy the Turks”, then its life as a warship ended. Biographies of ships are very much of the moment – volumes on Endeavour and the Japanese battleship Yamato have appeared recently – and now Michael Palin heaves into view with another one. I had already decided I'd probably get the book, although I was pretty familiar with the Franklin story and the repeated attempts on the North West Passage, have several books on the topic and a forebear who commanded an early Arctic Naval expedition in which Franklin commanded the smaller vessel (shamefully not mentioned by M.

Well, on 09-Sep-2014 the Prime Minister of Canada announced that a Canadian underwater archaeology team had discovered what they believed to be the HMS Erebus that had been lost for almost 170 years on the seabed somewhere in the Arctic. When Michael Palin's name is mentioned most members of my generation will think of Monty Python or perhaps his recent travelogue documentaries . He offers information and direct quotations from numerous primary sources with engaging narrative, often breaking the tension with some levity. The maps are good and self-explanatory, the index appears inclusive, the photographs and renditions of the engravings colourful and enhance the story, his comments on colonial expansionism and imperialism are appropriate if mild and my favourite book of last year, The Heart of Darkness provides an appropriate prologue. He brings energy, wit and humanity to a story that has never ceased to tantalise people since the 1840s.

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