“A lively and entertaining read . . . Perhaps the greatest achievement of the book is that it helps us to understand why Knight is such a compelling figure. He is presented as one of those individuals who stood for more than himself – as a symbol of his own time and place, when Britain reached out with both hands to take what the world had to offer, and as one of the first of the great Canadian crazies.”
“Fascinating history, great adventure and scrupulous scientific detection…an eerie tale.”
Dead Silence: The Greatest Mystery in Arctic Discovery
On June 5, 1719, veteran Arctic explorer Captain James Knight set sail with two ships to look for the fabled Northwest Passage. Neither he nor his forty men were ever seen again. Three centuries later, Owen Beattie and John Geiger led a team of investigators to a desolate outcrop in Hudson Bay to uncover the truth of Knight’s disappearance. It took four arctic summers to gather the necessary evidence. This is the story both of a remarkable feat of archaeological detective work and of a group of brave men who died in the Arctic nearly three centuries ago. As a result of their research, the history of the Knight expedition has been rewritten. In the end, Knight’s story is one of intrigue and betrayal.
Written with Owen Beattie