Lost Beneath the Ice
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.