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Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship

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Almost everyone knows the photo of John F. Kennedy, Jr., as a young boy, peering out from under his fathers desk in the Oval Office. But few realize that the desk itself plays a part in one of the worlds most extraordinary mysteries—a dramatic tale that has never before been told in its full scope. Acclaimed historian Martin Sandler, a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, winner of seven Emmy® Awards, and author of more than 50 books, finally brings the entire story to light. This amazing high-seas adventure encompasses the search for the Northwest Passage in the early 1800s; a renowned explorer and his crew of 128 men who vanish during an 1845 expedition; 39 incredible, heroic attempted rescue missions; a ghost ship that drifts for more than 1,200 miles; a queens gratitude; and that famous desk. Fascinating rare photographs, paintings, engravings, and maps illustrate the book throughout.

It all began when, in one of the biggest news stories of the 19th century, Sir John Franklin and his ships the Erebus and the Terror disappeared while attempting to locate the fabled Northwest Passage. At the request of Franklins wife, Lady Jane, the first mission set out from England in hopes of finding him; many others followed in its wake, none successful. Among these was the Resolute, the finest vessel in Queen Victorias Navy. But in 1854 it became locked in Arctic ice and was abandoned by its captain. A year later, a Connecticut whaler discovered it 1,200 miles away drifting and deserted, a 600-ton ghost ship. He and his small crew boarded the Resolute, and steered it through a ferocious hurricane back to New London, Connecticut. The United States government then reoutfitted the ship and returned it to the thankful Queen. In 1879, when the Resolute was finally retired, she had the best timbers made into a desk for then-President Rutherford B. Hayes. It is still used by U.S. presidents today...one of the most celebrated pieces of furniture in the White House.

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Almost everyone knows the photo of John F. Kennedy, Jr. as a young boy, peering out from under his father's desk in the Oval Office. But few realize that the desk itself plays a part in one of the world's most extraordinary mysteries--a dramatic tale that has never before been told in its full scope.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781402758614
Subtitle:
The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship
Author:
Sandler, Martin
Author:
Sandler, Martin W.
Publisher:
Sterling
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
JUVY-WORKBOOKS - JUV WORKBOOKS
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 color photos, 30 b/w illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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