Persistent belief of ill-fated Franklin expedition debunked

We’ve all studied Sir John Franklin’s quest for the Northwest Passage which led to his death in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Lead poisoning from tinned meat cans was pointed to as a possible cause of death.

This is what Richard Bayliss wrote in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2002: “The chemical evidence of lead poisoning is almost certainly due to the soldering of the cans that contained the preserved meats.”

Not so fast said researchers from Western University. Led by Western chemistry professor Ron Martin, evidence that faulty solder seals in tinned meat cans were not the main source of lead found in the remains of the Franklin crew members.

“We’ll probably never know what happened to the crew of the Franklin so it will remain one of the great mysteries of Canadian history but our resources fail to support the hypothesis that the lead in the bones came from the tins and I certainly believe that it didn’t,” says Martin, the paper’s lead writer and principal investigator.

The conclusion by the researchers is that the lead poisoning, which could result in neurological disease, commenced prior to the Franklin expedition’s departure and was likely a common problem for many 19th century people.

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  1. Book found online, chapter 2. Context Father Gerald speaking –
    … the thing which, next to Ellen, he loved best in the whole world uttered
    a roar.“Do you stand there, Scarlett O’Hara, and tell me that Tara — that
    land — doesn’t amount to anything?”
    Scarlett nodded obstinately. Her heart was too sore to care whether or
    not she put her father in a temper.
    “Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything,” he shouted,
    his thick, short arms making wide gestures of indignation, “for ’tis the only thing
    in this world that lasts, and don’t you be forgetting it! ’Tis the only thing worth
    working for, worth fighting for — worth dying for.”
    “Oh, Pa,” she said disgustedly, “you talk like an Irishman!”
    “Have I ever been ashamed of it? No, ’tis proud I am. And don’t be forgetting
    that you are half Irish, Miss! And to anyone with a drop of Irish blood in them
    the land they live on is like their mother. ’Tis ashamed of you I am this minute.
    I offer you the most beautiful land in the world — saving County Meath in the
    Old Country — and what do you do? You sniff!”
    Kathy- that sentimental English blogger fancies herself roaming a plantation
    not imaging the realities of US slavery as the means of to maintaining them –
    not something his family had back in the old country he emigrated from..

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