Adam Beck and the Franklin Search

By J. Cyriax, published February 1962


This article recounts the interactions between Adam Beck (Kalersik), an ‘Eskimo’ interpreter, and members of the Arctic expeditions searching for Sir John Franklin in 1850. In August of that year Beck provided the searchers with a second-hand account of the 1846 break-up of two large ships in the winter ice off Cape Dudley Digges and the killing of their crews by natives. This story briefly delayed the searchers at Cape York, but after some discussion, they decided it did not relate to the Franklin expedition. The author concludes that Adam Beck had probably fabricated the account.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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