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Question: Seeking to read "Victory Point Letter" re lost Franklin expedition in Canadian Arctic

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brudenell 

Customer

 24 Aug 2012 15:35 UTCFri 24 Aug 2012 - 3:35 pm UTC 

This well written piece about the tragic British expedition makes reference to a letter found beneath a high Arctic cairn: http://www.hakluyt.com/PDF/Rondeau_Franklin.pdf

From CBC news today: "The latest push to find what's left of Sir John Franklin's Arctic expedition is inspired by politics as much as it is by the desire to discover a piece of history.

Partly to help establish Canada's sovereignty over its Arctic, and partly because paying attention to the North is seen by the government as popular, Parks Canada is undertaking its fourth attempt to find the shipwrecks — Canada's only undiscovered national historic site.
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HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were abandoned in 1848 after they got stuck in Arctic ice and couldn't break free. The ships had set out from Britain in 1845 and the expedition's failure dealt a blow to Victorian England, which awaited word for more than 10 years before another ship's crew reported all 129 explorers had died."

Is there a copy of this Victory Point Letter viewable on the web?

Thank you

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Bobbie Sevens 

Researcher

 24 Aug 2012 15:54 UTCFri 24 Aug 2012 - 3:54 pm UTC 

Hi Brudenell,

It's nice to see you again!

Is this the document you're seeking?


The Victory Point Record
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_e_ebNZIVKzU/Sdzziwt5CnI/AAAAAAAABnM/ZCdS_x-vCRI/s1600-h/victorypoint_sized+copy.jpg

"A facsimile of this record, brought back from the Arctic by Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, was reproduced in the Illustrated London News and Harper’s Weekly, and a fold-out facsimile was included in all editions of his book, The Voyage of the Fox in Arctic Seas, in 1859, a book which became a world-wide bestseller."
http://www.ric.edu/faculty/rpotter/Harpers_VicPoint_sm.jpg


I found the links and information about this document here.
http://visionsnorth.blogspot.com/2009/04/it-is-perhaps-most-evocative-document.html


Bobbie

 

brudenell 

Customer

 24 Aug 2012 17:05 UTCFri 24 Aug 2012 - 5:05 pm UTC 

Very nice to see you too. Yes indeed! You have the letter. Wow... 19 minutes from posting my question to getting this research. Uclue rocks! Please post.

 

Bobbie Sevens 

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 24 Aug 2012 17:08 UTCFri 24 Aug 2012 - 5:08 pm UTC 

Brudenell,

I'm happy I was able to locate the correct document for you.

The Victory Point Record
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_e_ebNZIVKzU/Sdzziwt5CnI/AAAAAAAABnM/ZCdS_x-vCRI/s1600-h/victorypoint_sized+copy.jpg

"A facsimile of this record, brought back from the Arctic by Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, was reproduced in the Illustrated London News and Harper’s Weekly, and a fold-out facsimile was included in all editions of his book, The Voyage of the Fox in Arctic Seas, in 1859, a book which became a world-wide bestseller."
http://www.ric.edu/faculty/rpotter/Harpers_VicPoint_sm.jpg


I found the links and information about this document here.
http://visionsnorth.blogspot.com/2009/04/it-is-perhaps-most-evocative-document.html

Best regards,
Bobbie

 

brudenell 

Customer

 24 Aug 2012 17:19 UTCFri 24 Aug 2012 - 5:19 pm UTC 

Excellent service, as usual, from bobbie7! Thank you very much.

 

Phil Answerfinder 

Researcher

 24 Aug 2012 17:26 UTCFri 24 Aug 2012 - 5:26 pm UTC 

It is not clear whether this is the original. There is no source shown.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Franklinexpeditionnote.jpg

 

Phil Answerfinder 

Researcher

 24 Aug 2012 17:34 UTCFri 24 Aug 2012 - 5:34 pm UTC 

Ah, yes it is.
Another image appears on the Flickr photostream for the National Maritime Museum in London.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmaritimemuseum/3026957107/in/set-72157607211759314

 

Bobbie Sevens 

Researcher

 24 Aug 2012 17:40 UTCFri 24 Aug 2012 - 5:40 pm UTC 

Thank you for the tip!

 

brudenell 

Customer

 24 Aug 2012 17:51 UTCFri 24 Aug 2012 - 5:51 pm UTC 

Thank you for your post Phil.

 

brudenell 

Customer

 10 Sep 2014 13:25 UTCWed 10 Sep 2014 - 1:25 pm UTC 

With yesterday's announcement of discovery of one of the lost ships there should be quite a stream of interesting and positive news... a refreshing change from all the crises we are inundated with these days.

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David Sarokin 

Researcher

 2 Oct 2014 02:51 UTCThu 2 Oct 2014 - 2:51 am UTC 

 

brudenell 

Customer

 10 Oct 2014 13:14 UTCFri 10 Oct 2014 - 1:14 pm UTC 

Hello David

I have been traveling and away from scanning Uclue. I see I have some catching up to do.

Thank you for the post about HMS Erebus. I have poured through news articles however have yet to see what exactly led them to the determination the vessel was the Erebus. I realize they have construction drawings of the vessels however no mention, that I can find, makes reference to how they ultimately came about the Erebus' identification.

Your posted comments are always appreciated.

B

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PS: pls don't make an effort to find out how they found out... I am sure in time it will all come out

 

brudenell 

Customer

 11 Feb 2016 13:32 UTCThu 11 Feb 2016 - 1:32 pm UTC 

 

probo 

User

 12 Feb 2016 11:36 UTCFri 12 Feb 2016 - 11:36 am UTC 

Very well done, Bru!

 

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