News of Sir John Franklin's Expedition
The New York Herald.
Morning Edition - Saturday, october
[From the London Chronicle, Oct. 5.]
The following gratifying communication from the Secretary
of the Admiralty, has been made public, from which it will be seen that
no doubt is entrtained in the highest official quarters, as to the authenticity
of intelligence received by the Shipping and Mercantile Gazette,
which we append below: -
ADMIRALTY, Oct. 4, 1849
From the Communications made this day to the Lords of
the Admiralty, by the editor fof the Mercantile and Shipping Gazette,
evening newspaper, some fopes are entrtained that the news brought by Captain
Parker, of the Truelove, arriver at Hull, from Davis Straights,
of Sir John Franklin's ships having been seen by the Natives as late as
March last, beset by the ice in Prince Regent's Inlet, is not without foundation.
From the same source reports have been received that Sir
James (John) Ross's ships are on the the south side of Prince Regent's
Inlet, and that the vessels of both expeditions are safe.
This hope is somewhat strengthened by a telegraphic
message to the Admiralty since received from the Mayor of Hull, where the
Truelove arrived last night.
[From the Mercantile Gazette of last night]
We have the pleasure in publishing the following
most important intelligence, which has reached us this morning from our
agents. It leads us to hope that the expedition of Sir John Franklin was
all safe, beset in the ice, in March last: -
LONGHOPE,Orkney, Sept. 29, 1849.
Put in Truelove, Parker, from Davis's Straights, for Hull.
He penetrated the ice as far as Prince Regent's Inlet, in search of Sir
John Franklin's Expedition; but could get no further than the entrance,
on account of solid ice. But from accounts received from natives, Sir John
Franklin is still in Prince Regent's inlet, beset, and Sir James Ross on
the south side of Prince Regent's Inlet, with all four vessels safe, being
seen by natives, in the month of March last. He has also a drawing of the
four vessels, made by a native. He has no account of the North Star.
The above information was furnished to our Longhope correspondent,
by Capt. Parker. The Truelove arrived at Hull last night, and we
have, this day, received from Hull the following confirmation of the statement:
[ BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH ]
Hull, Oct. 4, 1849 - 11 A.M.
News has just reached here, by the Truelove, Parker,
from Davis's Straits, of Sir John Franklin's Expedition. They are said
to have been in Prince Regent's Inlet, all well, in March last. This
account was obtained from the natives.
We have been favored with the following copy of a letter
from the commander of H.M.S. North Star, which, from her position,
will account for this vessel not being seen by the Truelove: -
TO THE SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY.
H.M.S. NORTH STAR, July 19, 1849
Lat 74 03 N., lon 59 40 W
Sir - Iaddressed a letter to their lordships on the 18th
ult., when in lat. 73 30 N., and lon. 56 53 W., detailing the particulars
of my proceedings up to that date, which latter was sent by a boat from
the Lady Jane, whaler, which vessel was wrecked, and whose boats were proceeding
to the Danish settlements. Since then, I regret to state, our progress
has been almost entirely stopped, owing to the ice being so placed
across Melville Bay as to render it perfectly impassable.
On the 6th inst., finding it imposible to make any progress,
I deemed it advisable to run as far S. as 72 deg., examining the
pack as we went along. At 72 deg. 2 min. the pack appeared slacker, and
we entered it, and after proceeding about twelve miles, found ourselves
copletely stopped by large floes of ice. We accordingly put back, and steered
again for the northward.
Having this day reached the latitude of 74 deg. 3 min.
N., and long. 59 deg. 40 min. W., the ice appeared more open, and we stood
in towards the land, when we observed two boats approaching, and
which afterwards, on coming alongside, were found to belong to the Prince
of Wales whaler, which vessel was nipped by the ice, on 12th instant,
in Melville Bay.
By the captain of the Prince of Wales I forward
this letter to their lordships, he intending to proceed in his boats to
the Danish settlements. I have the honor to be, & c.,
J. SAUNDERS, Master and Commander.
P.S. - Crew all well on board.
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