Wednesday, 21 August 2013

History comes alive!


Day 8, August 21, 2013.  Prince Leopold Island, and Beechy Island – gravesite of three of Franklin’s men…

Still waiting for and ice report from Director of ICE OPERATIONS, Ice Office Canada, Alec McIntyre.  We will visit Beechy Island gravesite before learning sail plan for the rest of today…
I WILL POST NEWS AS SOON AS WE ARE INFORMED!

Sheila

p.s. Norm Smith and his son Brad as well as the rest of the guests are really in awe of the whole ONE OCEAN operation down here, as the ice maps are shared with us as we go, as we sail through the ice on our mighty Akademik IOFFE.

Also,  the calibre of speakers is beyond belief; one actually feels as though one is ‘living the explorer experience’ when steeped with the tales of history that have unfolded before us.  Right after a full briefing with excellent visual aids and dynamic talks, we will load in to the zodiacs and actually visit the gravesites of Petty Officer John Torrington, Royal Marine Private William Braine, and Able Seaman John Hartnell.. no record of Franklin and his 128 men… later, Norwegian Roald Amundsen in 1903 was successful in search of the northwest passage.  Do not forget that Franklin on two previous voyages charted a great expanse of our present Arctic region…
smc

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