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ARCTIC JOURNALS OF JOHN RAE (Classics West Collection)


ARCTIC JOURNALS OF JOHN RAE (Classics West Collection)

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Scottish doctor and explorer John Rae is a controversial figure in the history of the Arctic. He began his career with the Hudson's Bay Company as a surgeon in Moose Factory, Ontario, where he learned to survey, live off the land, and travel great distances on snowshoes. These skills served him well when, in 1846, he was charged with completing the geography of the northern shore of North America and set out on his first expedition. Some years later, while exploring the Boothia Peninsula in 1854, Rae obtained information about the rather shocking fate of the Franklin expedition, which had been missing since 1845. Upon his return to England, however, Rae was discredited by Charles Dickens and shunned by the British establishment, never receiving proper recognition for his roles in finding the Northwest Passage and discovering the fate of Franklin and his crew.

The Arctic Journals of John Rae is the definitive collection of John Rae's writings, from his only published work, Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847, to obscure notes and journals and reports of his controversial findings in 1854. An accomplished explorer who had great respect for the customs and skills of the peoples native to the Arctic, John Rae is a fascinating figure and an important part of the history of the North.

John Rae was a Scottish doctor and explorer born on September 30, 1813, in Orkney. As a child, he enjoyed sailing, climbing, hunting, and fishing--skills that would serve him well in his future exploits. In 1833, shortly after graduating from medical school, Rae was appointed surgeon of the Prince of Wales, a Hudson's Bay Company ship. He had great respect for the peoples native to northern Canada and adopted many of their survival skills. He learned to hunt caribou, store meat, construct shelter, and walk using snowshoes. He was particularly known for this last skill, once walking 1,200 miles in snowshoes through winter forest in order to learn how to survey.

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  • JOHN RAE(Author)
  • Unknown (6 Dec. 2012)
  • English
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  • By Amazon Addict on 7 October 2015

    As a descendant of one of Franklin's crew (my great-uncle 3x removed), I read pretty much anything I can about the Expedition. I had the pleasure of meeting the author at the service in Westminster Abbey in 2014 where a plaque to the memory of Dr. Rae was unveiled.The book is a masterly telling of a tragic story, and Rae's Orcadian toughness shines through. I thoroughly recommend this work to anyone interested in the Franklin Expedition.

  • By alex. kennedy on 4 May 2015

    Enjoyed this book very much! It is about an explorer who was a true pioneer who was totally focused in the art of self preservation in extreme conditions.He, often alone, covered very long journeys in extreme conditions living off the land and using skills gleaned from the Inuit people and Indian tribes that inhabited that region. A true pioneer in every sense and unfortunately by discovering the fate of the Franklin Expedition he sealed his own reputation, sadly, not in the way he deserved. Victorian attitudes of the day saw to that!

  • By william george cardno on 31 October 2013

    Ken McGoonan knows his subject that's for sure a well put together and informative book on the man John Rae and what he achieved in finding the North West Passage

  • By Guest on 11 March 2016

    Did not find this easy and would like to return it..

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