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Throwback Thursday: Belcher Cairn

  • Aug 13, 2014
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Searching for answers to mysteries often only leads to more questions.

In a July 1962 article from Canadian Geographical Journal, Ewart Taylor describes the mysteries held by a cairn built on Helena Island in 1853. The cairn was created by members of the Arctic Searching Expedition led by Sir Edward Belcher that arrived in the Arctic in 1852, searching for clues about the disappearance of Sir John Franklin and his crew, who never returned from their 1845 expedition into Canada’s North. But this find has only led to further uncertainty. As Taylor notes, “Canada’s Arctic is slow to give up its secrets.”

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