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Mystery Arctic box

09 September 2010
Unearthed mystery Arctic box may contain coveted Franklin's log from ill-fated 1845 expedition Or it may contain records left in 1905 by Amundsen

An old wooden box excavated from beneath an Arctic cairn is being flown unopened today to Ottawa from the Nunavut hamlet of Gjoa Haven.

The Nunavut-government launched the excavation after an Inuit family relayed oral history suggesting that the cairn contained records from the ill-fated 1845 expedition led by Sir John Franklin in search of the Northwest Passage.

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Alleged Franklin Records in Gjoa Haven


This is a guest column written by Kenn Harper at the invitation of Russell Potter.  


"Victory awaits him, who has everything in order - luck we call it.  Defeat is definitely due for him, who has neglected to take the necessary precautions - bad luck we call it"

Roald Amundsen

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