Lost Be­neath the Ice

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

The Story of In­ves­ti­ga­tor By An­drew Co­hen, Im­ages se­lected by Parks Canada Dun­durn, 149 pages, $30 WHEN Sir John Franklin failed to re­turn from the Cana­dian Arc­tic, it set off what may have been the largest search-an­dres­cue op­er­a­tion in his­tory. Some 40 ships were launched in search of Franklin’s two ships, which have still not been found. One of them was HMS In­ves­ti­ga­tor, which it­self be­came trapped in the ice in 1851. The crew, or what re­mained of it, was even­tu­ally res­cued, but the ship was aban­doned, never to be seen again un­til Parks Canada or­ga­nized a suc­cess­ful ex­pe­di­tion in 2010. Toronto jour­nal­ist An­drew Co­hen and Parks Canada tell the story of In­ves­ti­ga­tor in words, pic­tures and con­tem­po­rary paint­ings and draw­ings, in­clud­ing un­der­wa­ter photographs of the wreck. It be­longs on the shelf of any­one in­ter­ested in Arc­tic his­tory and ex­plo­ration.

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