Jean Baptiste Charcot heads south, in yet another ship named after a place, looking for adventure, science and Swedes.
Good food, good wine and inadequate heating and propulsion characterised life aboard the Francais but the French got a lot done, showed their mettle in a miserable display of hard as nailsness, and came home with all hands.
Professor Craig Franklin first came on my radar in an interview with Richard Fidler. His range of research interests includes but is far from limited to the physiology of ice fish. He spoke to me about his work below the circle and I look forward to getting my hands on the “Antarctic Cruising Guide” he wrote with Peter Carey. The author combination of a scientist and a national laureate could make this the Australasian “The Log of the Sea of Cortez.” The appended link leads to a review of the 2006 first edition but the book is now in its third iteration. Guess who it’s published by.