A series of fourteen sketches made during the voyage up Wellington Channel in search of Sir John Franklin, K.C.H., and the missing crews of H.M. Discovery--Ships Erebus and Terror : together with a short account of each drawing

Author: May, Walter W. (Walter William), 1830-1896.
Responsibility: by Commander Walter W. May
Place: London
Publisher: Day and Son
Date Published: 1855
Description: 6, [1] p., [13] leaves of plates : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 38 cm.
Location: Cabinet 2 Shelf 7
Call Number: rgsp 919.8 M467 d
Online Resource: Open web link
Subject: May, Walter W. (Walter William), 1830-1896
May, Walter W. (Walter William), 1830-1896--Travel--Nunavut--Wellington Channel--Pictorial works
Belcher, Edward, Sir, 1799-1877--Travel--Arctic regions--Pictorial works
Assistance (Ship)--Pictorial works
Pioneer (Ship)--Pictorial works
Lithography, British--19th century
Artists--Travel--Arctic regions--Pictorial works
Artists--Great Britain--Biography
Explorers, British--Biography
Explorers--Arctic regions--Pictorial works
Franklin, John, Sir, 1786-1847
Wellington Channel (Nunavut)--Discovery and exploration--British--Pictorial works
Arctic regions--Discovery and exploration--British--Pictorial works
Biography: In 1852-54 Walter W. May (1830-1896) accompanied Sir Edward Belcher (1799 1877) and his so-called “Arctic Squadron” on his Franklin search expedition to northern Canada. Although the expedition spent two winters in the ice, it failed to find Sir John Franklin, who had disappeared in 1847 during an effort to find the Northwest Passage. Belcher’s Arctic Squadron was a five-ship flotilla that in 1852 was ordered to go through Lancaster Sound to Barrow Strait and split up, with two ships, "Assistance" and "Pioneer", going north to search for Franklin in Wellington Sound, while "Resolute" and "Intrepid" searched westward toward Melville Island. The supply ship, "North Star", stayed at Beechey Island. The four main ships were disastrously frozen in for two years, and in 1854 Belcher gave the unpopular order to abandon them. However, their sledge expeditions were quite successful, one party rescuing the crew of HMS "Investigator", under the command of Robert McClure, which h
Notes: At head of title: Dedicated by special permission to the Right Hon. Sir James R. G. Graham, Bart., G.C.B., M.P. "Published May 1, 1855."
Summary: "Series of fourteen lithographs, based on sketches made by Commander Walter W. May during the voyage of Assistance up Wellington Channel in search of Sir John Franklin." The description of "The Arctic Squadron in Leevely Harbour, Island of Disco, Coast of Greenland" is particularly charming: "'We found Lievly an unusually snug harbour, with a small settlement of Danes and Esquimaux located on the south side of the harbour. The Danes had built themselves wooden houses; but the Esquimaux, with some exceptions, still continued their old system of burrowing under ground - that is digging a trench and roofing it with mud, with a small window at the end... "[T]the dresses of the Esquimaux at this place are similar to those so often represented, only they have the advantage of linen in summer, instead of seal-skin. They wear a short frock to the waist, with a hood on the back, something like the hooded capes worn by ladies, in which, however, these Esquimaux carry their children'." --Scott Po