Buried In Ice: A Time Quest Book

by Owen Beattie

Paperback, 1993



Local notes

919.804 Bea



Scholastic (1993), Paperback, 64 pages


Probes the tragic and mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin's failed expedition to find the Northwest Passage in 1845.


Original publication date


Physical description

64 p.; 11.02 inches


0590438492 / 9780590438490



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LibraryThing member GrazianoRonca
Owen Beattie is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. In this book we can read his researches in Beechey Island, a remote island in the Canadian Arctic. In this island there are three graves of sailors who joined the last and lost Arctic Expedition of John Franklin.

Some chapters of this book are fictionalized: Beattie tells the start and early months of the expedition through the voice of John Torrington , one of the corpse buried in the graves.
In the last chapter there are some considerations of Beattie about the reason of this early deaths of the crew of Franklin’s Expedition. Examining the bones of the sailors and some tins of food still on that island, Beattie thinks that the main but non only cause of death was the lead used to seal the tins. The lead killed this young people and led to the failure of the entire expedition, because most of the crew died of starvation , although Beattie discovers knife-cut marks on some bones meaning possibility of cannibalism among the crew.
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LibraryThing member meblack19
This book is okay. The first few pages are great. There's a lot of information about the expedition and how the sailors might have died that would be a great addition to science classes. The middle section, however, jumps to a story of the men before setting sail and during the expedition that seems more fiction than non. The pictures are great until the book jumps stories. Because it does skip around so much, it is hard to determine what the point of the book is. I think it is to figure out how the sailors perished that were buried before the ship became encased in ice, and to find the lost expedition. I wouldn't keep this book in my classroom, but it may be good for a reference.… (more)
LibraryThing member daphnejohnson
courageous men on an expidition from the northwest passage. None of these men made it home alive.




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