There is a 'popular' account of the Franklin expedition incl. rediscovery of
bodies. 'Frozen in Time - the fate of the Franklin Expedition' by Owen
Beattie and John Geiger. Grafton Books 1989.
From our memory of it scurvy was not a major factor in the exhumed bodies as
they died relatively early in the expedition. The affects of lead
poisoning - from solder on food cans as well as other sources (water pipes,
pewter vessels) - compounded those of starvation and scurvy for the rest of
Scurvy did prove a killer for the crews of British whalers the Dee, the
Grenville Bay, the Advice, the Norfolk and the Thomas which were icebound in
the Arctic over the winter of 1836-7. See 'The Ice-Bound Whalers' ed. James
Troup (The Orkney Press 1987) - reprinted diaries of men on the Dee and
Lets hear more on the archaeology of Arctic exploration!
Jenny and John
From: Chris Cumberpatch <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 12 April 2002 11:44
Subject: Re: forensic case to study
>Re: Franklin Expedition
> Weren't these the bodies that proved to contain very high amounts of
>lead, derived from the solder used to seal tins containing food? I
>the story (including pictures) being featured in one of the Sunday
>newspapers, although I have no further details.