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The full collection of all the writings from various blogs by William Battersby.

William Battersby continued researching the topic and contributing to discussion even after his first book 'James Fitzjames: Mystery Man of the Franklin Expedition'. A few weeks before he died he started working on an updated edition of his book, owing to further discoveries about Fitzjames, and his parents. The second edition sadly never came but his corrections, new ideas and discoveries have been archived online.

After he died they were at risk of being lost forever. Thanks to Frank Michael and Logan Zachary the notes were saved and they have now been archived by Maddie Battersby. The posts are in order of original publication.

"This covers William Battersby's research into the Franklin Expedition of 1845-1848 and specifically my book, 'James Fitzjames: the Mystery Man of the Franklin Expedition'. William studied Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London (now part of University College, London) and graduated with First Class Honours. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was also very interested in music and am a private pilot, flying a high performance Super Dimona motor-glider. William was convinced that multi-disciplinary research which combines archaeology, a proper understanding of Inuit family memories and archival research can yield a far better understanding of the Franklin tragedy."

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We hear from those we cannot know

The pleasures of a sailor's life

That when we on the waters go

We pass our days in useless strife

But I contend that one may be

Happier anywhere else at sea

First verse of a poem written by James Fitzjames in the back of his journal at Portsmouth on 20 August 1834

James FitzJames

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