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Author Ross, W. Gillies (William Gillies), 1931- author.

Title Hunters on the track : William Penny and the search for Franklin / W. Gillies Ross
Published Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource (viii, 519 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Franklin Departs -- William Penny and Arctic Whaling -- The Summer of 1845 -- Whaling Interlude -- Concern Mounts -- A Silver Penny -- Under Way -- More Hunters on the Track -- North from Disko -- Sail versus Steam -- A Massacre Reported -- To the West Land -- Into Lancaster Sound -- Wellington Channel -- West to Cornwallis Island -- Beset in the Drifting Pack -- Into Winter Quarters -- Preparations for Winter -- The Festive Season -- The Sledging Season: A False Start -- Second Attempt
Summary "Captains of whaling vessels were experienced navigators of northern waters, and William Penny was in the vanguard of the whaling fraternity. Leading the first maritime expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, he stood out not just for his skill as a sailor but for his curiosity about northern geography and his willingness to seek out Inuit testimony to map uncharted territory. Hunters on the Track describes and analyzes the efforts made by the Scottish whaling master to locate Franklin's missing expedition. Bookended by an account of Penny's whaling career, including the rediscovery of Cumberland Sound, which would play a vital role in British whaling a decade later, W. Gillies Ross provides an in-depth history of the first Franklin searches. He reconstructs the brief but frenetic period when the English-speaking world was preoccupied with locating Franklin, but when the means of that search--the ships chosen, the route taken, the evidence of Franklin's traces--were contested and uncertain. Ross details the particularities of each search at a time when no fewer than eight ships comprising four search expeditions were attempting to find Franklin's tracks. Reconstructing events, relationships, and decisions, he focuses on the work of Penny as commander of HMS Lady Franklin and Sophia, while also outlining the events of other expeditions and interactions among the officers and crews. William Penny is respected as one of the most influential and innovative figures in British Arctic whaling history, but his brief role in the Franklin expedition is less known. Using primary sources, notably private journals from each of the expeditions, Hunters on the Track places him at the forefront of a critical chapter of maritime history and the geographical exploration that began after Franklin disappeared."-- Provided by publisher
Analysis 19th century
Arctic regions
Discoveries in geography
Whalers (Persons)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 29, 2019)
Subject Penny, William, 1809-1892.
Franklin, John, 1786-1847
Franklin, John, 1786-1847
Penny, William, 1809-1892
SUBJECT John Franklin Arctic Expedition (1845-1851)
Subject Whalers (Persons) -- Scotland -- Biography
Whaling -- Arctic regions -- History -- 19th century
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Adventurers & Explorers.
Discoveries in geography
Whalers (Persons)
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration.
Northwest Passage.
Arctic Ocean -- Northwest Passage
Arctic Regions
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020416021
ISBN 0773558330