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Thread #80303 Message #1637134
Posted By: Ron Davies
29-Dec-05 - 11:07 PM
Thread Name: Happy! - April 16
Subject: RE: Happy! - April 16 (Sir John Franklin)
What I found most amazing about the Franklin expedition was that it appears to have been a consolation prize to Sir John Franklin for being ousted as governor of Van Diemen's Land. The obvious candidate for leadership of the proposed Northwest Passage expedition, James Clark Ross, had turned it down, promising his new wife and her parents that he would not go to sea again.
Lady Franklin and some of Franklin's friends campaigned hard for him--hoping it would restore his crushed ego and reputation. So, despite the fact that he was in poor condition, with no recent Arctic experience--and age 59--he was picked.
Anybody have any contrary information?