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Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:06 pm
by BlowingOldBoots
A very good book about the 'bomb' ship and her adventures. Also touches on many aspects of the famous people's lives that sailed on her life, what they were doing and how they got involved in the various exploits that eventually led them to participating in Franklyn's doomed expedition.

I recommend it.

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:48 pm
by wully
Huz it goat loads o‘ pichurz in it an nae big wurdz?

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:32 pm
by BlowingOldBoots
Sorry Wully, just a few small black and white pictures. It has a few words I don't understand which are quite big, but I am driller and I managed to read it.

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:55 pm
by claymore
It was homeward bound one night on the deep,
Swinging in my hammock I fell asleep.
I dreamed a dream and I thought it true
Concerning Franklin and his gallant crew.

With a hundred seamen he sailed away
To the frozen ocean in the month of May
To seek that passage around the pole
Where we poor sailors do sometimes go.

Through cruel hardships these men did go
His ship on mountains of ice was drove
Where the Eskimo in his skin canoe
Was the only one who ever came through

In Baffin Bay where the whale fish blow
The fate of Franklin no man may know.
The fate of Franklin no tongue can tell,
Lord Franklin along with his sailors do dwell.

And now my burden it gives me pain,
For my long lost Franklin I'd cross the main.
Ten thousand pounds would I freely give
To know on earth that my Franklin do live.

Great song and a joy to sing

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:07 am
by cpedw
This takes me back quite a few years

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:33 pm
by Burst Boiler
If ye prefer big wurdz tae big burdz, then I'd recommend Solomon Gursky was here by Mordechai Richler. It's fiction, but if I mention the link to the Terror and Erebus, I spoil the plot. Awww naw. Ach, its still wurth a read.

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:44 pm
by spuddy
Despite the big words I've ordered a Solomon Gursky was here on your recommendation.
Ta for the tip

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:04 pm
by pagoda
spuddy wrote:Despite the big words I've ordered a Solomon Gursky was here on your recommendation.
Ta for the tip


Snap! Also bought "Cocksure" by the same author. Decidedly strange! Not remotely politically correct in the current climate....

A curious but talented writer!

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:26 pm
by pagoda
Just finished Michael Palin's book. Took a while but it was excellent. He is clearly damned good at research and also good at writing it all up!
It all finished badly for Franklin in the Canadian Arctic, but they took quite a few problems with them....

well worth a read.

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:47 am
by claymore
Hmmm...
I think, reading this, one can begin to understand how difficult it is for me when we ship Para aboard.

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:01 am
by SteveN
Another good read on a similar theme is 'The Ice Master' by Jennifer Niven about the 1913 arctic expedition aboard the HMCS Karluk.
It didn't end well.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_voyage_of_the_Karluk

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 1:07 am
by pamortu
thanks for the recomendation, I will read it. thank you