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Miniseries, Polar Disasters and the Madmen Who Perpetrated Them

John Franklin: The Man Who Ate His Boots, Part III

In the decade or so following his disastrous-if-heroic Coppermine Expedition to the Arctic, John Franklin kept fairly busy.  Upon his return to England, he married and became first a father…
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John Franklin: The Man Who Ate His Boots, Part II

When we left off last, Sir John Franklin and his crew had abandoned Canada’s northern coastline and were making their way toward Fort Enterprise.  Circumstances conspired and forced the party…
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Miniseries, Polar Disasters and the Madmen Who Perpetrated Them

John Franklin: The Man Who Ate His Boots, Part I

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, it’s sometimes difficult not to romanticize explorers.  Never mind the specifics of terrain or method of transport; never mind the fact that many of us wouldn’t…
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Miniseries, Polar Disasters and the Madmen Who Perpetrated Them

Ernest Shackleton: Mr. Popularity, Part III

  By most reasonable standards, the actions of Ernest Shackleton and his crew during the Endurance expedition (1914-1917) can only be categorized as heroic. Indeed, given the string of calamities…
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Miniseries, Polar Disasters and the Madmen Who Perpetrated Them

Ernest Shackleton: Mr. Popularity (Part II)

When we left off last, Ernest Shackleton had just returned to England in the wake of his Nimrod expedition (1907-1909).  He was hailed as a hero and showered in attendant…
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Miniseries, Polar Disasters and the Madmen Who Perpetrated Them

Ernest Shackleton: Mr. Popularity (Part I)

When it comes to polar explorers, the first thing to know is that they were all maniacs.   The second thing to know is that they were all maniacs.  …
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