The Men of the Essex where in dire circumstances by January of 1821. Out of the three whale boats that had been transporting the crew on their difficult journey, one had been blown out of sight and the remaining two had succumbed to eating the flesh of fallen crew mates to survive.Owen Chase’s and his … Continue reading The Essex: The Black Spot and The return home.
It was the 22nd of November. The crew of the Essex was in dangerous position. Their ship had been sunk by a ‘vengeful whale’ and now were adrift in small boats thousands of miles from the shore. The grim knowledge that this would be a long, difficult journey was not lost on them. They knew … Continue reading The wreck of the Essex: Miserable sailing and Starvation
The Essex, a strong 3 masted oak ship that was known for its strength and "Luck". Originally it was a merchant ship when it was first launched in 1799 before eventually becoming a whalers ship, working from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. But sinking of the Essex has lived in infamy. The inspiration for Moby Dick and … Continue reading The Wreck of The Essex: Background.
Anne Lister, a landowner who is best remembered because of her letters and diaries. She broke the expectations of her time and became a renowned businesswoman. What did it take for a woman to excel in these times? Anne was born as the second child of the notable soldier Jeremy Lister, but out of four … Continue reading Anne Lister:The Diaries that shocked the Country
A number of bones have been found belonging to Franklin's men. However the question to their identities is still largely unknown. Here we will look at the few examples of complete skeletons and theorize their identities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WhGYnO_n8s
Another installment in our Franklin series, this time we will return to Britain to look at the mounting concerns of the people and the early search missions. https://videopress.com/v/7Z1dbVNI?preloadContent=metadata Additional notesMany of these rescue missions took letters and tokens from relatives of the lost crew in the event they were found. Sophia Caracroft sent letters for … Continue reading The Fate of Franklin: Early searches and evidence.
https://videopress.com/v/sZs7Nhrx?preloadContent=metadata John Torrington, John Hartnell and William Braine' Additional notes on Torrington, Hartnell and Braine: Hartnell’s autopsy was performed with an inverted Y incision. This suggests it may have been rushed as this method allows faster access to organs but is less ‘tidy’ and harder to reintern the organs. Although there was no formalized way … Continue reading The Fate of Franklin: Skeptism and the Beechey island camp.
There is something very human about being drawn into mysterious parts of history, those events that leave an unsettled feeling that begs for more research in order to try and solve the mystery by piecing together any information that can be gathered. Frustratingly this process can take years. Even Decades or centuries. Even modern techniques … Continue reading The Fate of Franklin: Preparations and goals.
History is a patchwork of great people and events, ones that amaze us to this day. Rightfully so, we preserve and remember the endeavors of the people who came before us. However, I am continually haunted by what is forgotten or, worse, escapes historic record. For every hero we remember there are thousands that gradually … Continue reading The forgotten career of James Fitzjames.
Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert has become one of the British monarchy’s most well-known unions. It has been the subject of countless dramas, novels and gained a reputation as one of the most famous and hotly debated romances of the 19th century. However, the German prince could not simply survive by just winning his … Continue reading How Prince Albert won over a nation.