Remembering Franklin

In about 2002 I wrote Deadly Winter, a biography of the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. It was a long and hard journey but a rewarding and memorable experience, and I followed it original-1700up with a couple of children’s books and one or two articles about him.

What I didn’t realise was that there was a Facebook group of Franklin enthusiasts: Remembering the Franklin Expedition that had been around for a few years. As well as exchanging news and ideas on the Facebook page, they hold occasional get-togethers, the latest of which was at the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, London, right next door to the National Maritime Museum. Fortunately, one of their members managed to track me down and invite me to the gathering.

I was warmly welcomed and made to feel at home, and it was an occasion I’ll long remember – assuming the Biblical amounts of alcohol consumed by all hasn’t destroyed too many grey cells…

 

Just a few of the assembled Franklinites (or Franklinerds, as one member described us)

Just a few of the assembled Franklinites (or Franklinerds, as one member described us)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Someone baked some ship's biscuits, and several dentists will be sending that person a thank-you note in due course.

Someone baked some ‘ship’s biscuits’, and several dentists will be sending that person a thank-you note in due course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shortly after this picture was taken showing myself and Kat Stoetzel (who invited me to the meeting) an unseemly and violent scuffle broke out over ownership of the valuable book. I’ll cast a veil over who won, but as you can see she already had a pretty firm double-handed grip on it, but I can assure you she knew she had been in a fight.

 

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About ramblesofawriter

Writer, thinker, tea drinker.
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