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, identified alternate versions of the earliest Franklin relics photography, and recovered the erased portion of Sophia Cracroft’s grave inscription.  

For new illuminator article alerts, and to monitor Franklin search news, I write an intentionally rare and brief newsletter.  The goal is to only hit your inbox when something significant is happening: Parks Canada dive season news, a new Doug Stenton discovery, etc.  Of my own articles, only the more significant ones will trigger a new issue.  



Expect a month or two between releases.  Each issue should take just a few seconds to read.  Click here (link) to browse the archive of previous issues.  (If you don’t immediately receive the Welcome email, check your Spam or Promotions folders and drag it back into your main inbox.)  


illuminator/Franklin on social media:   
Threads: @LoganZachary   
Twitter: @LoganZachary   


letterbox if you need it:    
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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.  

A tip on checking citations: use a shortcut like Command+F to access your browser’s text search function.  It’s a quick way to check the Bibliography for 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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Research articles.    


2024 January.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2023 October.
                Delivered as a talk at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific
                Institution on January 13th, 2024.

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 June.

2021 February.

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

2020 October.
        Cheyne’s Relics.

2020 September.

2020 August.

2020 May 30.

2020 May 16.

2020 April.

2020 March.

2020 February.
        Fingerprint.

2019 November 25.

2019 November 24.

2019 February 25.
        Tuesday / After.

2019 February 13.
        Underlined All Well.





Photography, touring guides, and news articles.    


2023 August.

2023 July.

2023 May.

2023 April 27.

2023 April 16.

2023 March.

2023, early but undated.
        The North-West Passage at Kensal Green Cemetery.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn, for The Telamon (Issue 94).

2022 December.

2021 July.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2021 March.

2020 November.
        The Gold Cap Band.

2020 April.

2020 March.

2020 February 27.

2020 February 15.

2019 November 22.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2019 November 21.
                Co-author Alison Freebairn.

2019 November 19.
        The Beechey Papers.

2018 December.