Day 1 of the cruise proper saw us
arrive at Beechey Island the first wintering site of Sir John
Franklin's "lost" expedition of 1845 to find a route through the
fabled "Northwest Passage" to the East Indies. The expedition
was last seen by whalers in August 1845 in Baffin Bay, they were
never seen again, their story taking some 150 years to be pieced
This is the grave of John
Torrington of the Terror, the first man to die. An exhumation
and autopsy was carried out in 1984, his corpse having been well
preserved by permafrost. He was found to have died of pneumonia
with a contributing factor of lead poisoning. The lead may have
come from the solder of the food cans or from a novel
water purification plant on the ship.
Air temp: +3º C Latitude: 74º 43' N Longitude: 91º 48' W
These are pictures
from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute
Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward.
Pentax digital equipment.