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TV glo­be­trot­ter, ac­tor and au­thor Michael Palin is breez­ing into Corn­wall’s sea­far­ing cap­i­tal to talk about his ma­jor new book, Ere­bus: The Story of a Ship.

The fate of the sail­ing ves­sel HMS Ere­bus had been a mys­tery for more than a cen­tury and a half un­til it was dis­cov­ered four years ago on the seabed in the frozen wastes of the Cana­dian Arc­tic, coated in woolly un­der­wa­ter veg­e­ta­tion.

Monty Python stal­wart and mas­ter ex­plorer Michael will be talk­ing about his own ex­pe­ri­ences as he set out to un­cover the true tale of the ship, from its con­struc­tion in the naval dock­yards of Pem­broke in 1826 to its aban­don­ment dur­ing Franklin’s ill-fated Arc­tic ex­pe­di­tion, and to its fi­nal re­dis­cov­ery in 2014.

He trav­elled to lo­ca­tions across the world – Tas­ma­nia, the Falk­lands, the Cana­dian Arc­tic – both to search for in­for­ma­tion and to ex­pe­ri­ence at first hand the ter­rain and the con­di­tions that would have con­fronted the ship and her crew.

In his evoca­tive and epic ac­count, Michael ex­plores the in­ter­twined ca­reers of the men who shared its jour­neys: the dashing James Clark Ross and the trou­bled John Franklin. And he vividly re­counts the ex­pe­ri­ences of the men who first stepped ashore on Antarc­tica’s Vic­to­ria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arc­tic wastes as res­cue mis­sions des­per­ately tried to reach them.

The evening, hosted by the Fal­mouth Book­seller, starts at 7pm at The Church of King Charles the Mar­tyr, Church Street, Fal­mouth. Call the Book­seller on 01326 312873 to book tick­ets, priced £20 each, in­clud­ing ad­mis­sion and a copy of the book.

TV glo­be­trot­ter, ac­tor and au­thor Michael Palin will be in Fal­mouth to talk about his ma­jor new book, Ere­bus: The Story of a Ship.

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