Book/Printed Material The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin : a personal narrative

About this Item

Title

  • The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin : a personal narrative

Summary

  • Elisha Kent Kane (1820-57) was an American Arctic explorer. He studied medicine in his native Philadelphia and in 1843 entered the U.S. Navy as a surgeon. In 1850 he sailed as the senior medical officer and naturalist on an expedition in search of Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), the British naval officer and explorer who had been missing in the Canadian Arctic since 1845. Funded by New York merchant Henry Grinnell and carried out by the U.S. Navy, the expedition explored Lancaster Sound and Wellington Channel and found one of Franklin's camps but no trace of the men. The expedition was led by Lieutenant Edwin Jesse De Haven and consisted of two ships, the brig Advance and the brig Rescue. In 1853-55 Kane was placed in command of a second expedition, also funded by Grinnell, which also failed to find Franklin. This book, published in 1854 while Kane was in the Arctic, is his narrative of the first Grinnell expedition. It contains Kane's detailed observations about pack ice, glaciers, icebergs, and Arctic fish and wildlife. The narrative is followed by a lengthy appendix that includes six documents: the instructions from the Secretary of the Navy William Ballard Preston to De Haven; De Haven's official report on the expedition; three sets of abstracts and tables containing detailed meteorological data compiled from the log book of the Advance; and the text of a lecture about the expedition given by Kane to the American Geographical and Statistical Society in December 1852. World Digital Library.

Contributor Names

  • Kane, Elisha Kent, 1820-1857.

Created / Published

  • New York : Harper, 1854.

Subject Headings

  • -  Franklin, John,--1786-1847
  • -  Grinnell Expedition--(1st :--1850-1851)
  • -  Arctic regions

Notes

  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
  • -  digital files not viewed; td12 2013-8-27

Medium

  • 552 p., [15] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • G665 1850 .D32

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 03004047

OCLC Number

  • 1333726

Online Format

  • image
  • pdf
  • online text

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

The Library of Congress is unaware of any copyright or other restrictions in the World Digital Library Collection. Absent any such restrictions, these materials are free to use and reuse. Researchers are encouraged to review the source information attached to each item. For information on contacting WDL partner organizations, see this archived list of partners

The Library asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here.

Credit Line: [Original Source citation], World Digital Library

More about Copyright and other Restrictions

For additional information and contact information for many of the partner organizations, see this archived capture of the World Digital Library site from 2021.

For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Kane, Elisha Kent. The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin: a personal narrative. New York: Harper, 1854. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/03004047/.

APA citation style:

Kane, E. K. (1854) The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin: a personal narrative. New York: Harper. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/03004047/.

MLA citation style:

Kane, Elisha Kent. The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin: a personal narrative. New York: Harper, 1854. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/03004047/>.