The wrong man?

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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.

Archie Gilbert

Balgedie Court, Glenlomond

Perth and Kinross

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