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Additional documents and survey on the Franklin sites of Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada: addendum

  • Todd Hansen (a1)

In addition to the visits to Beechey Island referenced in my recent article (Hansen 2010), M'Dougall also describes his visit to Beechey Island (in Resolute with De Bray) from Tuesday 10 August 1852 (mistakenly given as 11 August) to Sunday, 15 August (M'Dougall 1857: 78–87). He gives his version of the inscriptions of the three Franklin expedition headboards. While he follows the mistaken placement order as in Osborn and The Illustrated London News of 4 October 1851 (Osborn 1865: 90; The Illustrated London News 1851b), comparison of the inscriptions with both Kane (Kane 1854: 163) and the photo of the Torrington headboard in Powell (Powell 2006: 330, Fig. 10) now lead me to conclude that M'Dougall's rather than Kane's version of the Franklin headboards inscriptions are probably the most accurate of the contemporary accounts.

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T. Hansen 2010. Additional documents and survey on the Franklin sites of Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada. Polar Record 46 (238): 193199.

E.K. Kane 1854. The U.S. Grinnell expedition in search of Sir John Franklin: a personal narrative. New York: Harper and Brothers.

B.D. Powell 2006. The memorials on Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada: an historical and pictorial survey. Polar Record 42 (223): 325333.

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