Friday, July 23, 2010

Beechey Island, Nunavut

John Hartnell's grave on Beechey Island, Nunavut.  Hartnell was one of the first of Sir John Franklin's crew to die on his ill-fated quest for the Northwest Passage
Beechey Island, with the Franklin era graves in the foreground

Northumberland House, Beechey Island. A small supply depot built by Franklin searchers.

If you'd like to know more about Sir John Franklin, I recommend Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition by Owen Beattie and John Geiger.  You should also check out Ken McGoogan's blog and if you'd like to visit Beechey Island for yourself, book a trip with Adventure Canada.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast


  1. Franklin was Governor of Tasmania { Van Diemans Land] when the anglophone rebels of 1836 were exiled there: the francophones went to Canada Bay, New South Wales on the lower reaches of the Parramatta River, in Sydney.{ not the NSW in Canada; lol]

  2. Hi Tim
    Nice shots. I read the book by Owen Beattie and John Geiger and I agree it is a good read.

  3. It was pretty cool to visit the graves - especially so late in the season, with snow on the ground. Signs of Beattie's camp are still visible at a distance from the graves, from when they were working at the site.


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