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Hunters on the Track: William Penny and the Search for Franklin by W. Gillies Ross

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Captains of whaling vessels were experienced navigators of northern waters, and William Penny was in the vanguard of the whaling fraternity. Leading the first maritime expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, he stood out not just for his skill as a sailor but for his curiosity about northern geography and his willingness to seek out Inuit testimony to map uncharted territory.

Hunters on the Track describes and analyzes the efforts made by the Scottish whaling master to locate Franklin’s missing expedition. Bookended by an account of Penny’s whaling career, including the rediscovery of Cumberland Sound, which would play a vital role in British whaling a decade later, W. Gillies Ross provides an in-depth history of the first Franklin searches.

William Penny is respected as one of the most influential and innovative figures in British Arctic whaling history, but his brief role in the Franklin expedition is less known. Using primary sources, notably private journals from each of the expeditions, Hunters on the Track places him at the forefront of a critical chapter of maritime history and the geographical exploration that began after Franklin disappeared.

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English

Non-Fiction

2019

9780773552838

McGill-Queen's University Press

Montréal

544

hardcover