Andrew Lambert - Special Guest on our Northwest Passage Expedition
Andrew Lambert - Special Guest on our Northwest Passage Expedition: July 18 to August 5, 2010.
Profile - Andrew Lambert
- Laughton Professor of Naval History.
- Television host.
- The noted author of Nelson: Britannia's God of War and War at Sea in the Age of Sale was inspired to write his book about Franklin while sailing in the Canadian Arctic aboard Kapitan Khlebnikov. Professor Lambert's reinterpretation of Sir John Franklin's legacy was published by Faber and Faber in Britain and Yale in the United States. The American edition is titled The Gates of Hell: Sir John Franklin's Tragic Quest for the Northwest Passage.
While aboard the icebreaker our Northwest Passage trip, Professor Lambert, who has been referred to as the outstanding naval historian of his generation, will present two talks and introduce a documentary about contemporary searches for clues to the location of Franklin's ships. He was involved in the filming, some of which was shot on Kapitan Khelbnikov.
Andrew Lambert has answered three questions about his book and the experience of sailing aboard KK in 2004. We will be using these quotes in January to promote the voyage and his participation. I share the questions and responses with you, because you may find them useful when talking to potential clients or our Expedition Team colleagues about this voyage and about Andrew. Please note that the answer to question 1 changes how the world interprets the motives for Franklin’s expedition.
Q1: What was the single most surprising insight you gained into while researching Franklin and the Search for the Northwest Passage?
A: That Franklin's final expedition was sent to study terrestrial magnetism, with the North West passage as a secondary objective.
Q2: How did your time aboard Kapitan Khlebnikov impact your decision to write the book?
A: After a full on fortnight of overland expedition across King William Island travelling on the Khlebnikov gave me the time and the space to reflect on what I had seen, to experience a wider range of Arctic experiences, and profit from the ship's Polar library.
Q3: What lesson about the cult of celebrity could 21st century people learn from the Franklin story?
A: The curious afterlife of Captain Sir John Franklin suggests that celebrity is fleeting and fickle, and that we are as likely to be remembered for thingswe did not do as those that we did. Fame and fact are not the same.
We welcome Professor Lambert back aboard the icebreaker as she sails from west to east through the Northwest Passage for the final time. Only 112 people will sail with Andrew Lambert on this End of an Era transit of the Northwest Passage.
Don't let this special opportunity pass you by.