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Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Scott Cookman
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7. März 2001
Absorbing artfully narrat[es] a possible course of events in the expedition's demise, based on the one official note and bits of debris (including evidence of cannibalism) found by searchers sent to look for Franklin in the 1850s. Adventure readers will flock to this fine regaling of the enduring mystery surrounding the best-known disaster in Arctic exploration.-Booklist "A great Victorian adventure story rediscovered and re-presented for a more enquiring time"-The Scotsman "A vivid, sometimes harrowing chronicle of miscalculation and overweening Victorian pride in untried technology a work of great compassion"-The Australian It has been called the greatest disaster in the history of polar exploration. Led by Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, two state-of-the-art ships and 128 hand-picked men--the best and the brightest of the British empire--sailed from Greenland on July 12, 1845 in search of the elusive Northwest Passage. Fourteen days later, they were spotted for the last time by two whalers in Baffin Bay. What happened to these ships--and to the 129 men on board--has remained one of the most enduring mysteries in the annals of exploration. Drawing upon original research, Scott Cookman provides an unforgettable account of the ill-fated Franklin expedition, vividly reconstructing the lives of those touched by the voyage and its disaster. But, more importantly, he suggests a human culprit and presents a terrifying new explanation for what triggered the deaths of Franklin and all 128 of his men. This is a remarkable and shocking historical account of true-life suspense and intrigue.

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  • Taschenbuch: 260 Seiten
  • Verlag: Wiley; Auflage: Reprint (7. März 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0471404209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471404200
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,6 x 15,1 x 22,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (14 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 263.864 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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By the mid-19th century, after decades of polar exploration, the fabled Northwest Passage seemed within reach. In 1845 the British Admiralty assembled the largest expedition yet, refitting two ships with steam engines and placing the seasoned if somewhat lackluster Sir John Franklin in command of the 128-man expedition. After sailing into Baffin Bay, they were never heard from again.

Drawing on early accounts from relief expeditions as well as recent archeological evidence, Scott Cookman reconstructs a chronicle of the expedition in Ice Blink. Cookman, a journalist with articles in Field & Stream and other magazines, excels when firmly grounded in the harrowing reality of 19th-century Arctic exploration. When he speculates about what happened to the Franklin expedition, however, he is on less solid ground and his writing suffers.

Particularly overwrought is the promised "frightening new explanation" for the expedition's demise. Cookman suggests that it was caused by the "grotesque handiwork" of an "evil" man, Stephan Goldner, who had supplied its canned foods. This is hardly new. As early as 1852, investigators determined that the expedition's canned goods were probably inferior and canceled provisioning contracts with Goldner. How a hundred men survived for nearly three years despite lead poisoning and botulism remains a mystery. In the end, as Cookman himself acknowledges, the expedition was ultimately doomed by its reliance on untested technology such as the steam engine, armor plating, and canned provisions. These criticisms aside, Ice Blink is an interesting narrative of this enduring symbol of polar exploration and disaster. --Pete Holloran -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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"A great Victorian adventure story rediscovered and re-presented for a more enquiring time." (The Scotsman, 26th August 2000) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An exiting Medical and Naval Mixed thriller 10. Juni 2000
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On July 12, 1845, Sir John Franklin, an aging outcast in the Royal Navy, was last seen sailing with his crew from Greenland into Baffin Bay in an attempt to find the coveted Northwest Passage. For this mission, the British Admiralty had assembled the largest expedition yet; refitting two ships with steam engines and placing the seasoned if somewhat lackluster Franklin in command of the 128-man expedition. Franklin's lavishly outfitted expedition is one of the most enduring mysteries in the annals of exploration. For years historians have pondered why the most technologically advanced Arctic expedition of the nineteenth century, capable of defining a navigable short-cut over the top of the world and linking the rich markets of the East and West, became "the greatest Arctic tragedy of the age." There had been eight previous military polar expeditions since 1819 and only 17 deaths out of 513 men. With the loss of Franklin's entire crew, this was one of the greatest British naval disasters Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition masterfully examines the individual errors and remarkable twists of fate that led to the demise of the crews aboard the HMS TERROR and HMS EREBUS. While it was perceived that the survival of the expedition hinged wholly upon what it took into the Arctic, the irony was that this viewpoint is what led to its demise. Tainted food supplies coupled with an ambitious crew size is what author Scott Cookman, a journalist with articles in Field & Stream and America's Civil War, provides as the horrifying explanation for what went wrong. Ice Blink is about mismanagement, oversights, government foibles, prejudice and incompetence. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Fair Read 23. Juli 2000
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Knowing how little there is in terms of historical fact to back this book up from the onset, the author can be excused to a certain extent from "excerpting" facts from other arctic voyages for the sake of comparison.
If you have read "Endurance", "In the Heart of the Sea", or other factual books on exploration you may get annoyed by frequent references to other expeditions and tragic voyages. If you are new to the genre then you will find that the author does a wonderful job at building his case through comparative research.
Aside from that, the book has done for my home canning what the movie Jaws did for swimming on the Cape.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Ice Blink 30. März 2000
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Unfortunately, this book is essentially a rehash of earlier research by both Parks Canada and the pioneering work of Owen Beattie and his colleagues who excavated the graves from the Franklin winter quarters at Beechey Island and documented lead poisoning. It is disturbing that Beattie and his co-author, John Geiger, are not given their due for their work and bestselling book, Frozen in Time, which asserted Cookman's case over a decade ago. Cookman has added more information, fleshing out the Goldner story, but like so many journalists who attempt to write history, he focuses on one aspect to the exclusion of other factors. David Woodman has done a far better job in looking at all factors in his two books about the fate of the Franklin expedition -- and while he asserts what he thinks happened, he doesn't smugly say he's nailed his points home. It is simply too "pat" and too 20th century smug in hindsight to completely blame an admittedly bad contractor for the entire fate of the expedition, and this book does a disservice to the reader in suggesting so. I'm no Goldner fan, and feel he shoulders some blame, but then so do Franklin, the officers, the bad ice year, the decision to push into Larsen Sound (albeit a bad decision only in hindsight) and of course, those who for whatever reason broke discipline and split up into unmanageable parties. The demise of Franklin is as yet still uncertainly known, with a few brief words, a handful of bodies, Inuit testimony and scattered campsites - and the "definitive word" is fraught with disagreement as to exactly what happened and why, as it has been since 1849. Cookman adds very little; if you are looking to gain a better understanding, read Beattie and Geiger's Frozen in Time or Woodman's Unravelling the Franklin Mystery, or his Strangers Among Us.
Sorry, Scott. I will not buy your book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent tale of an ambitious expedition gone wrong 15. Februar 2000
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What went wrong? How could 129 officers and men with the most technologically advanced ships and enough canned, baked and pickled food for three years on a journey to find the North West Passage in 1845 - vanish? There had been eight previous polar expeditions since 1819 and only 17 deaths out of 513 men. This was one of the greatest British navel disasters.
Ice Blink is about mismanagement, oversights, government foibles, prejudice and incompetence. The lessons of the Sir John Franklin's Expedition in 1845 are still sadly relevant. The same problems that doomed those men in the far North are around today. Governments and corporations often award contracts to the lowest bidder, prejudice means the right people do not get hired, top heavy management creates inefficiencies and over reliance on technology obscures common sense.
The lowest bidding manufacturer, Stephen Godner's Canned Food, was the exclusive supplier of canned food for the expedition. No one in the navy bothered to check the filthy conditions at this factory. The canned food arrived just a few hours before the launch, avoiding close inspection. Sir John Barrow, Second Secretary of the Admiralty, hired men of English birth and Anglican faith for the expedition, and dismissed ten experienced Scottish Seamen. One officer was in charge of four men.
Admiral Barrow and Captain Franklin believed in the latest machinery. Ships, scientific knowledge and canned food would lead them to victory. There were no hunters on board or native guides used. Despite all this, Ice Blink is also about the bravery, loyalty and resourcefulness of the men who served on the expedition. They did everything they could to survive and to help each other.
Scott Cookman brings alive the times that made this expedition possible.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen HIGHLY ENJOYABLE READ BUT OFTEN SPECULATIVE
A fascinating book about the ill-fated Franklin expedition. It would have been even better if the author had not frequently resorted to speculative remarks presented more or less... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Mai 2007 von Björn Weizenkeim
5.0 von 5 Sternen Ice Blink - reviewed
Very readable - once I started I didn't want to put it down.
Am 18. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen A Fast (but forgettable) Summer Read
If you are interested in books about polar exploration, this is a quick summer read. The author presents his hypothesis as if it were fact. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Juni 2000 von "keith_from_mesa"
3.0 von 5 Sternen Another speculative book on the FE fate
This book is more geared to adventure readers who for whatever reason picked up this book to read. It offers a brief history, a criminal type understanding of Stephen Goldner (who... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 10. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting and Compelling Story
This is the story of a fateful 1845 polar expedition that went terribly wrong. This was a British enterprise led by Captain Sir John Franklin to find the Northwest Passage using... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Mai 2000 von Aussie Reader
4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting
The book is fascinating. For those not familiar with the topic, Cookman introduces the material in a way that lets a novice (like me) get caught up to speed rapidly. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. April 2000 von francisco juarez
3.0 von 5 Sternen Highly speculative, but interesting
The "Suggestive but Overwrought" review (February 17, 2000) was right on the money. Cookman presents an interesting history of the Franklin expedition, but has an... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. April 2000 von Jon Brock
3.0 von 5 Sternen Love It/Hated It
As a compelling new study of potential causes for the failure of the Franklin expedition, I could not put the book down and quite enjoyed it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Artic Tragedy
In Ice Blink, the reader will find that all that is wrong with the world today also existed 150 years ago. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 28. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Suggestive but overwrought
Cookman has certainly done some worthwhile new research; his study of Goldner and his patent canning factory is well-documented and backed by suggestive (though far from... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Februar 2000 von Russell A. Potter
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