Voyage of the Prince Albert in Search of Sir John Franklin: A Narrative of Every day life in the Arctic Seas.


Date: 1851



In 1850 Snow volunteered for one of the expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin, prompted by a dream, which he believed had shown him the true route. The idea came to dominate his whole life. He served in 1850 as purser, doctor, and chief officer of the Prince Albert, a small vessel fitted out at the expense of Lady Franklin, under Commander C. C. Forsyth RN.

On his return Snow published Voyage of the Prince Albert in Search of Sir John Franklin (1851) and was awarded the polar medal. He was convinced that success had been hindered by Forsyth's refusal to go on, and during the following years he vainly importuned the Admiralty to send him out again in command of any vessel, however small, and tried to organize unofficial searches (Oxford DNB).

William Parker Snow here describes an 1850 Franklin search expedition in the Prince Albert, a small vessel fitted out at the expense of Lady Franklin and captained by Commander Forsyth of the British Navy.

Snow accompanied the voyage as purser, doctor, and chief officer., the Prince Albert crew discovered traces of the Franklin expedition's first winter. Encampment on Beechey Island, upon their empty-handed return, Snow was convinced that Forsyth had sabotaged the success of the search by his refusal to go on or to pursue Snow's foretold route

First Edition. Octavo. xvi, 416 pp. With four chromolithograph plates and a folding map. Original publisher's navy pictorial gilt and blind stamped cloth.


Hill 1598; Arctic Bibliography 16362; Howgego 1850-1940 Polar Regions S38.

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Publisher: London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851




University of Toronto


ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-05-31

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