John Wilson

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Location: Lantzville, BC, Canada

A lifelong passion for history and a fascination with the past—WWI in particular—have led to over 40 historical novels and non-fiction books for kids, teens and adults.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Interview on the discovery of the Erebus

Fascinating interview with Ryan Harris, the Parks Canada underwater archaeologist who first dove on the Franklin wreck in September. The sense of excitement when they realized what the sonar was showing and on first diving to the ship is extraordinary.
The level of preservation is incredible and RH thinks even paper might survive in the cold water!
According to the Inuit stories, the other ship (Terror) was crushed by the ice, so resources would be better aimed at searching any nearby islands for buried records.
Read the true story HERE!

Friday, October 03, 2014

100 years of remembering for schools!

This November 11 marks a century since the outbreak of the First World War. I will be in Ontario the week of Remembrance Day and am offering presentations to school assemblies or individual classes on the war and remembering. I have three historical novels set in WWI (Shot at Dawn, And in the Morning and Wings of War, the last two published this year), and one non-fiction history of the war (Desperate Glory: The Story of WWI). For more information or to inquire about a visit, go to my website or drop me an email.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

It's the Erebus!

Now we know its HMS Erebus!
The John Franklin ship discovered in September is the Erebus—just as I said in North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames and Graves of Ice. Okay, the Inuit said it first in the 1860s, but still…and I had my moment of fame on CTV.

So the Inuit testimony is accurate. Therefore, there's no point in searching for the Terror, it must be the ship that the Inuit said was crushed and driven ashore on King William Island.

Dive on the Erebus next summer and find all manner of wonderful things preserved in the cold water (the body of the tall man with long teeth?), but don't neglect all the small islands nearby. Might they be where the last crew members buried records and/or the bodies of their comrades before they set off east to an unknown end. Inuit testimony again—two or three men set off east from the Erebus (trapped in one year ice) in the spring (1849 or 1850?).

A final rant—why are these announcements left to politicians (Harper during question time!), instead of scientists who know something and could possibly say how they determined it was Erebus? I know the answer, it just depresses me.

In case you missed it the first time, here's my moment of fame on CTV, looking intelligent yet approachable. Was the phone call to let me know I'd been selected for a free cruise to the Bahamas?