This book is probably the most touching and tragic piece of work about the 1845-48 Sir John Franklin Northwest Passage Expedition.
It's a past and present journal respecting the 129 souls who perished from Beechey to King William Islands, NWT Canada. Filled with nearly 100 % historically correct information, it also includes photos of these sailors exhumed in 1984 & 1986: Leading Stoker John Shaw Torrington, HMS TERROR (who's photo published in 1984 made news around the world), Able Seaman John Hartnell, HMS EREBUS and Private William Braine, R.M., HMS EREBUS.
Through 20th century science Dr. Owen Beattie's team, the 1845-48 Franklin Expedition Forensic Anthroplogy Project (FEFAP), solved one major piece of the puzzle perplexing Arctic Historians/ Franklin Researchers-Searchers for over 147 years - what caused the remaining 105 men to drag mostly invaluable artifacts across the arctic tundra? Tissue samples from the above mentioned men & bones excavated on KWI revealed chronic lead poisoning was the root of the tragedy. Amazingly the complex medical results were written in a style far removed from High Academics, making it a pleasure to read.
A M-U-S-T for your Franklin collection!!!