The remains of Northumberland
House erected in 1852-1853 by the crew of HMS North Star under
the command of W.J.S. Pullen. This was one of five ships of the
British Admiralty's final effort to trace the expedition of Sir
John Franklin led by Sir Edward Belcher.
The building was constructed from
masts and other wood salvaged from a wrecked whaler. It was
built in case the missing members of Franklin's expedition
should return to Beechey Island even though this was 7 years
after they had last been seen.
In May 1854 Belcher ordered 4 of
the 5 ships to be abandoned as they were ice-bound, the fifth,
the Resolute was retrieved by an American whaler. Belcher was
court martialled on return to England for the loss of these
ships but acquitted.
Air temp: +3º C Latitude: 74º 43' N Longitude: 91º 48' W
These are pictures
from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute
Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward.
Pentax digital equipment.