Narrative of the Second Arctic Expedition Made By Charles F. Hall: His Voyage to Repulse Bay, Sledge Journeys to the Straits of Fury and Hecla and to King William's Land, and Residence Among the Eskimos During the Years 1864-69
Publisher: Government Printing Office
5++l+644 pages with frontispiece, illustrations, 7 plates, 21 maps (8 folding including pocket map). Quarto (10 1/2" x 8 1/2"). Bound in original publisher's dark green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt decorative cover. Edited by J E Nourse. 45th Congress, Senate Issue, Executive Document 27. [Arctic Bibliography 6486] First edition.
When Franklin failed to emerge from his 1845 expedition several rescue efforts were mounted. Hall became a transition figure from the would-be rescuers of Franklin to genuine exploration for its own sake. This important narrative of Arctic exploration chronicles events leading to Hall's expedition; the journey from St John's Newfoundland to winter quarters; life with the Inuit; arrivals at Pelly Bay, Repulse Bay and a sledge journey to Igloolik.
During the course of 1863, Hall planned a second expedition to seek more clues on the fate of Franklin, including efforts to find any of the rumored survivors or their written records. The first attempt using the 95-ton schooner Active was abandoned, probably due to lack of finances caused by the American Civil War and a troubled relationship with his intended second-in-command Parker Snow. Finally, in July 1864, a much smaller expedition departed in the whaler Monticello. During this second expedition to King William Island, he found remains and artifacts from the Franklin expedition, and made more inquiries about their fate from natives living there. Hall eventually realized that the stories of survivors were unreliable, either by the Inuit or his own readiness to give them overly optimistic interpretations. He also became disillusioned with the Inuit by the discovery that the remnants of Franklin's expedition had deliberately been left to starve. He failed to consider that it would have been impossible for the local population to support such a large group of supernumeraries.
Corners bumped, moderate extremity wear, spine heal heavily rubbed, pocket map rebacked else a very good copy.
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