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The Arctic Fox Discoverer of the fate of Franklin
A new book by David Murphy looks at the life of Francis Leopold McClintock
The Shackleton of his day, Leopold McClintock (1819-1907) from County Louth was the best-known Arctic explorer of the Victorian era. He undertook four major voyages, epic sledge journeys and was first to bring definite information on the lost Franklin party.
This fascinating tale starts when he enlisted in 1831, not yet twelve years old. He began exploration in 1848 on the Enterprise expedition to the Arctic with Ross, the first in search of Franklin.
As a first lieutenant on the Assistance and Resolute expeditions, he made epic sledge journeys, over-wintered twice and discovered Prince Patrick Is.
At the request of Lady Franklin he commanded the Fox in 1857 to search for the Franklin party. By 1859, he found written records and human remains on King William Is. after eskimos told him of a shipwreck and survivors.
1859 he sailed home with the news that all members of the Franklin expedition
perished. His account of the expedition became a bestseller.
About the author
Murphy was born in Dublin and is a graduate of both University College,
Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin. Since 1997 he has worked for the Dictionary
of Irish Biography, specialising in military and naval figures and polar
explorers. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and other prestigious
societies and associations, his last book is the critically acclaimed
Ireland and the Crimean War (Dublin, 2002). He was recently appointed
visiting researcher at the Department of Contemporary Irish History at
Trinity College, Dublin.