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The Life of Admiral Sir Leopold McClintock, K.C.B., D.C.L., L.L.D., F.R.S., V.P.R.G.S.

Biography / Memoir

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration

By: Sir Clements R Markham(Author), William Alexander(Introduction By)

450 pages, 21 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2014 | #215678 | ISBN-13: 9781108075077
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About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

This biography of polar explorer Sir Leopold McClintock (his name is also spelled M'Clintock) was published in 1909 by his 'old messmate' Sir Clements Markham (1830-1916), later more famous as a historian. (Several works by both men have been reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.) McClintock (1819-1907) gained experience of Arctic voyages on the expeditions of James Clark Ross and Edward Belcher, during which he undertook several arduous sledge journeys over the ice. In 1854, he took leave from the navy to command the Fox, a ship paid for by Lady Franklin to investigate the fate of her husband's expedition. He found the memorandum, written by his second-in-command, which confirmed Franklin's death in June 1847. McClintock was knighted for his services on his return, and he stayed in the navy, serving on different stations around the world, until his retirement with the rank of admiral in 1884.


Introductory note

1. Sir Leopold McClintock's family and early life
2. Recovery of the Gorgon
3. The Franklin expedition
4. Previous knowledge of the ground to be searched
5. Sir James Ross's expedition, 1848-9
6. Onward to the rescue
7. A battle with the ice
8. Lancaster Sound to winter quarters
9. Winter quarters and sledge equipment
10. The sledge journey of 1851
11. Voyage to Melville Island
12. Discovery of Prince Patrick Island
13. Abandonment of the Arctic ships
14. The voyage of the Fox
15. Discovery of the fate of Franklin
16. Geographical results of discoveries
17. Deep-sea sounding
18. Frigate commissions
19. The flag flying
20. Strenuous work to the last

Appendices A-C

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