|Title:||Arctic Searching Expedition Vol. 1: A Journal of a Boat-Voyage through Rupert’s Land and the Arctic Sea, in Search of the Discovery Ships under Command of Sir John Franklin|
|Publisher:||Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans|
|Tags:||Arctic, Canada, Canadiana, exploration, explorers, history, non-fiction, Sir John Franklin|
The surgeon, naturalist and Arctic explorer Sir John Richardson (1787–1865) was a lifelong friend to his former commander Sir John Franklin, with whom he had twice travelled to seek the North-West Passage. Following two years of silence from Franklin after he embarked on his 1845 expedition to the Arctic, Richardson set out on his own voyage in the hope of finding his comrade. Originally published in 1851, this two-volume work charts the journey which would inevitably fail in its ambition: Franklin, unknown to Richardson, had already died in June 1847. Volume 1, which depicts the journey to Fort Confidence in the Canadian Arctic, ends with detailed descriptions of the aboriginal Inuit and Gwich'in peoples encountered. The text is punctuated throughout by accounts of the wildlife and geographical features sighted, and the customs and cultures observed on this remarkable mission.--Cambridge University Press. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Richardson, Sir John
Sir John Richardson (1787-1865) was a Scottish naturalist and Arctic explorer. A surgeon in the navy, Richardson was enamoured by the natural world. He travelled with Sir John Franklin on his 1819 Coppermine expedition. During the voyage he described rock formations, arctic flora and fish species they encountered. He later travelled with John Rae on one of the searches for Franklin's lost expedition. In his lifetime he explored the Canadian north extensively, visiting many places previously unseen by European explorers. (Dictionary of Canadian Biography)
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