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from the expanded edition of 'the limits of the known' - coming out as soon as i can dub the tapes and get the maps that will be included in the pack pro-duplicated.
the second part of the album focuses on the disastrous 19th century expedition by lord franklin to find the northern passage. they loaded up with provisions in lead lined tins and the resultant lead poisoning led them to abandon ship and try to cross the ice sheets without insulated clothing and without provisions.
one sledge was said to contain a bible and a copy of the vicar of wakefield.
the title comes from the song 'lord franklin':
in baffin bay where the whale fishes blow
the fate of franklin no man may know
the fate of franklin no tongue can tell
lord franklin alone with his sailors does dwell.
eventually the crew where forced to eat their own dead to survive.
it is considered one of the greatest tragedies in 19th century british naval history.