My name is Logan Zachary.  I am an Upper Midwest truck driver doing amateur Franklin Expedition research.

The articles on this site have resulted in a change of provenance for a half dozen Franklin Expedition relics, e.g. from Beechey to King William Island, or from a Schwatka relic to a McClintock relic, etc.  Further articles have uncovered a new source on the discovery of the Boat Place, determined the provenance of Franklin relics buried with Abraham Lincoln, recovered the erased grave inscription of Sophia Cracroft, and identified alternate versions of the earliest Franklin relics photography.  


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If you are new to the story of the Franklin Expedition, the articles on this site are a bad place to start.  They presuppose that one has read at least an introductory book such as Anthony Brandt’s The Man Who Ate His Boots, or Beattie & Geiger’s Frozen In Time.  [I started with Boots.]  Ideally one would also have read Russell Potter’s Finding Franklin afterwards.  

A tip on checking citations, here and elsewhere: use a shortcut like Command+F to access your browser’s text search function.  It’s a quick way to bop down to the Bibliography and check a reference, then loop back to where you started on the same keyword.  Alternatively, open a 2nd window with the same article, left open to the Bibliography section for quick referencing.   



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Chronological links to articles (latest first).     


2022 November.

2022 August.

2022 April.

2022 March.

2021 December.

2021 November.

2021 October.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2021 August.
        Where The Fox Docked.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2021 July.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2021 June.

2021 March.

2021 February.

2020 December.
        The Cape Riley Rake.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2020 November.
        The Gold Cap Band.

2020 October.
        Cheyne’s Relics.

2020 September.

2020 August.

2020 May 30.

2020 May 16.

2020 May 9.

2020 April.

2020 March.

2020 February.
        Fingerprint.

2019 November 25.

2019 November 24.

2019 November 22.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2019 November 21.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2019 February 25.
        Tuesday / After.

2019 February 13.
        Underlined All Well.