Apropos Shân Ross’s article on Arctic explorer John Rae, who discovered the final link in the Northwest Passage, your readers may be interested to know that there is a bronze statue in Waterloo Place, London, of Sir John Franklin. The inscription below includes the words “Discoverer of the Northwest Passage”; this despite that neither he, nor his crew, returned to deliver news of this exciting historical event.
An Inuit chief who was shown the statue laughed at such a monstrous fiction. Perhaps it would be better if this memorial was replaced by a statue of Dr John Rae.
Balgedie Court, Glenlomond
Perth and Kinross